9 August 2019
Tunisia's liberal prime minister, Youssef Chahed, will run for president in an early election expected on Sept. 15, he told a crowd of supporters on Thursday. Chahed, who will run as a candidate for the liberal Tahya Tounes Party, is one of the likely frontrunners to succeed Beji Caid Essebsi, who died last month.
The secretary-general of Chahed's Tahya Tounes party said on July 31 that the party would nominate Chahed as its presidential candidate. Tunisia's president mainly has authority over foreign and defense policy, governing alongside a prime minister chosen by parliament who has authority over domestic affairs. A presidential election due in November this year will now be held two months early following the death of Essebsi, a secularist who helped guide the transition to democracy after a 2011 revolution.
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