Tunisia's presidential election is scheduled for Sunday, September 15. The presidential race, presenting a total of 26 candidates, has officially started on Monday, September 2, and will continue until Friday, September 13. Prominent presidential candidates include former Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, acting president of Parliament and vice president of Ennahdha party Abdel Fattah Mourou, as well as former Minister of Defense Abdelkrim Zbidi.
A heightened security presence, as well as associated political protests and transportation disruptions, are likely leading up to, during, and following the elections.
Tensions are high in Tunisia since a judge ordered the detention of media magnate and presidential candidate Nabil Karoui on charges of tax evasion and money laundering on August 23. It is unclear if Karoui's arrest will impact his candidacy for the September 15 presidential election. The upcoming September 15 election seeks to replace President Beji Caid Essebsi, who died on July 25. Former speaker of parliament, Mohamed Ennaceur, is currently serving as interim president. The upcoming elections were set to take place on November 17 but were rescheduled due to Essebsi's sudden death.
Individuals in Tunisia are advised to monitor developments, avoid all demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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