Presidential debate in Tunisia: Broadcast debate, the final straight line of the Sunday elections

The second round of the anticipated presidential election in Tunisia will take place on Sunday, 13 October. In the margins of this final stage, the two candidates presented the main points of their programme during the televised debate organised by the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC).

This is a first in the history of the young Tunisian democracy. On Friday, 11 October, Tunisians were treated to the first debate between presidential candidates. Academic Kais Saied and media mogul Nabil Karoui focused for 2 hours and 30 minutes on the social role of the state, foreign policy, economic recovery and public affairs. Diametrically opposed from an ideological point of view, Saied and Karoui have the same subjects at heart but with a different betting strategy. “I have a whole program to fight poverty, based on reality. I spent three years in the field, trying to understand the problems of Tunisians. The Tunisian is currently suffering,” said the party’s president in the heart of Tunisia.

For the independent candidate, it will not be a question of making promises to the Tunisian people. “Education must be part of national sovereignty. The state must regain its social role,” said Kais Saied. While Karoui can boast of having, at the end of the legislative elections, the second largest political force in parliament, the law professor assumes and confirms his political independence. “My block is the Tunisian people. I will propose and the one who refuses, he assumes his political responsibility”, he retorts. This phase of debate remains very decisive in the choice of voters who are still undecided. This Saturday, the two observed electoral silence before the opening of the polls on Sunday, 13 October .

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