The number of presidential candidates running for Tunisia presidential elections scheduled for November has risen to 24 people two days before the deadline of nominations.
Among the candidates are Tunisia’s interim president, Mohamed Moncef Marzouki and president of the National Constituent Assembly, Mustapha Ben Jaafar as well as the head of Call of Tunisia movement, Beji Caid Essebsi.
Two women submitted their candidacy for the 2014 presidential poll; Amina Mansour al-Karoui; the chair of the Democratic Movement for Reform and Construction Party and Judge Kalthoum Kennou; a former president of the Association of Tunisian Judges.
The Tunisian Independent High Authority for Elections said the authority started receiving candidacy applications on Monday, 8 September, and will continue until Monday, 22 September.
The authority said the first applicant was the London based journalist, Mohammad al-Hachemi Hamdi, a leader of the popular petition party followed by Al-Arabi Nusra from the Tunisian People’s voice party.
On Saturday eight people applied to run for Tunisia’s presidency including Moncef Marzouki, from the Congress for the Republic Party and Fares Mabrouk, an independent, and Amina Mansour al-Karoui; the chair of the Democratic Movement for Reform and Construction Party and Abdul Qadir Allbawi, independent and Kamal Morjan, al- Mubadara Party and Kalthoum Kennou, independent and Adel al- Alami from Zitouna Party, and Abd al-Rahim Al-Khulaifi, an independent.
On Friday five candidates submitted their applications and these are, Mohammed Hamdi from the Democratic Alliance, and Noureddine Hachad, independent and Abdul Rahim Zouari, from the constitutional democratic rally and Abdel Raouf Ayadi, from Wafaa movement and Ali Chourabi, independent.
Other candidates include Habib Zamali, independent and Ahmed Safi Saeid, independent, and Fawzi Saeedi from the December 17 Front for development, and Ahmed Nejib Chebbi, from the Republican Party, and Mustafa Kamal Nabli, independent, and Mustapha Ben Jaafar, Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties, and Hamma Hammami, from the Popular Front and Saleem Riahi from the Free National Union.