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Tunisian president-hopeful boycotts parliamentary polls

Presidential candidate Kais Saied makes a speech as he wins the presidential election according to unofficial results in Tunis on 15 September 2019. [Nacer Talel - Anadolu Agency]
Tunisia’s President Kais Saied in Tunis on 15 September 2019 [Nacer Talel/Anadolu Agency]

Tunisian presidential front-runner Kais Saied has boycotted the country's parliamentary election, according to an electoral campaign organiser on Sunday.

"Saied has decided to boycott the polls," Sami al-Aydi told Anadolu Agency.

He argued that the presidential candidate opposes holding the parliamentary election on the closed-list electoral system.

Saied, a former law professor, secured 18.4% of votes in the first round of presidential election held three week ago, followed by media mogul Nabil Karoui, who won 15.6% of votes. A runoff vote will be held on October 13.

Tunisians headed to polls on Sunday to elect their representatives in the parliament. It is the second parliamentary polls since the 2011 Arab Spring revolution.

Around 7.1 million Tunisians are eligible to cast ballot in Sunday's polls to elect the 217-member assembly.

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