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Tunisia’s 26 presidential candidates – 2019 general election

Tunisia’s electoral commission, the Independent High Authority for Elections (IHAE) approved 26 presidential candidates for the general election scheduled for 15 September 2019.

The election follows the death Beji Caid Essebsi, the first president to be democratically elected in Tunisia after the popular uprising of 2011.

IHAE head Nabil Baffoun said they rejected 71 presidential hopefuls; 51 on the grounds of lack of sponsorships and deposit guarantees and 14 for the lack of endorsements.

The 26 presidential candidates consist of 24 men & two women as highlighted below

NameDOBGenderPolitical PartyMost known for Highest Qualification
Youssef Chahed18 September 1975MLong Live TunisiaCurrent Prime Minister PhD in Agricultural Economics
Mehdi Jomaa21 April 1962MTunisia Alternatives Former Prime MinisterEngineering degree
Abdelfattah Mourou1 June 1948 MEnnahda MovementFirst VP of parliamentLaw degree
Abdelkarim Zbidi25 June 1950MIndependentDefence MinisterPhD in Medicine
Mohamed Moncef Marzouki7 July 1945MCongress for the RepublicFormer PresidentMedical degree
Nabil Karoui1 August 1963MHeart of TunisiaOwner of the private TV channel Nessma TV
Selma Elloumi Rekik5 June 1956FNidaa TounesFormer Tourism Minister
Abir Moussi15 March 1975FFree Destiny PartyVP of the Ariana MunicipalityMasters in Law
Mongi Rahoui13 June 1964MThe Unified Party of Democratic PatriotsMPMasters in Financial Engineering
Mohamed Abbou10 May 1966MDemocratic CurrentAdviser to the Prime MinisterMasters in Law
Lotfi Mraihi16 November 1959MUnion Populaire Républicaine party (UPR)Music Creation Support Association (ASCM)Medical degree
Hamadi Jebali12 January 1949MNidaa TounesFormer Prime MinisterMasters in Photovoltaic Engineering
Hamma Hammami8 January 1952MPopular FrontSpokesman of the Tunisian Workers' Party
Mohsen MarzoukJuly 1965MMachrouu TounesSecretary-general of the ngo Arab Democracy FoundationDegree in political sociology
Mohamed Seghaïer NouriMOwned of Al Mustakillah TV
Mohamed Hechmi HamdiMCurrent of LovePhD in Islamic studies
Omar Mansour27 January 1958MFormer Minister of JusticeLaw degree
Kaïs Saïed22 February 1958MIndependent Secretary-General of the Tunisian Association of Constitutional LawPhD in Law
Elyes Fakhfakh1972MFormer Tourism MinisterEngineering degree
Slim Riahi13 July 1972 MFree Patriotic Union (UPL)BusinessmanBusiness management degree
Saïd Aïdi8 May 1961MBani WataniFormer Minister of Vocational Training and Employment Diploma
Safi Saïd22 September 1953M2014 presidential candidate
Néji Jalloul17 October 1957MFormer Minister of Education PhD in Archaeology
Abid Briki20 June 1957MTunisia ForwardFormer Minister of Public Service
Hatem BoulabiarM
Seifeddine MakhloufM

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