Presidential election: national security and foreign relations at heart of second TV debate
09/09/2019 14:03, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Nine more presidential candidates out of a total of 26 sought on Sunday evening to attract voters at a second TV debate.

During the two-hour Road to Carthage debate, contenders answered questions in connection to issues of national interest, namely security, smuggling, parallel trade, money laundering, illegal immigration, international relations, etc.

The candidates are Mongi Rahoui (Democratic Patriots' Unified Party), Elyes Fakhfakh (Ettakatol), Mohamed Hachemi Hamdi (Tayar Al-Mahabba), Abdelkarim Zbidi (independent), Mohamed Seghaïer Nouri (independent), Hamadi Jebali (independent), Lotfi Mraïhi (Republican Popular Union), Hatem Boulabiar (independent) and Mohsen Marzouk (Machrou Tounes).

The first debate was aired on Saturday; it involved eight candidates, namely Omar Mansour (independent), Mohamed Abbou (El Tayar), Abir Moussi (Free Destourian Party), Néji Jalloul (independent), Mehdi Jomaa (Al Badil), Moncef Marzouki (El Harak), Abid Briki (Tunisia Forward movement) and Abdelfattah Mourou (Ennahdha).

The TV debate, which aroused much interest among Tunisians, is intended to help voters select a candidate on September 15.

A third debate will air live on Watanyia 1 TV on September 9 and will bring together more presidential candidates, in line with a draw conducted late August.

This debate, the first of its kind in Tunisia and the Arab world, is initiated by the Independent High Authority for Elections (French: ISIE), al Wataniya tv channel and the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (French: HAICA) with the support of NGO Mounadhara. It is broadcast on eleven TV channels and some twenty radio stations.

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