Early presidential polls 2019: "President of the Republic must keep up with times” (Elyes Fakhfakh)
09/08/2019 22:03, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Elyes Fakhfakh, leader in the Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties (Ettakatol), said on Friday, as he filed his nomination papers for the early presidential polls, the President of the Republic “has to keep up with times”.

Speaking to reporters, Fakhfakh stressed that his candidacy is "that of the Tunisian social-democratic family that is passed on from generation to generation".

He said he is running for the presidency, based on his experience in managing several files and after seving as minister after 2011.

"I am a candidate for Ettakatol and I aspire to make Tunisia more prosperous and more attractive for investment," he added.

Fakhfakh said he was entering the race for the presidency after winning the endorsement of 10 MPs from four parliamentary blocs, namely Tahya Tounes, Ennahdha, Allegiance to the Nation and the Democratic Bloc.

Ninety-eight candidates submitted their nominations to the ISIE at the expiry of the deadline for submitting applications on Friday.

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