Tunisia: presidential vote, Slim Rihahi threatened

UPL leader a target of terrorists, according to official reports

11 November, 10:14

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, NOVEMBER 11 - Tunisian businessman Slim Rihahi, president of the Free Patriotic Union (UPL), the country's third-largest party with 16 seats in Parliament and a candidate running for president in upcoming elections, has been warned twice by authorities that he is a potential target of terror attacks.

    A first detailed report by the president's office concerned an attack scheduled to take place today in the city of Sfax. A second report issued by the interior ministry concerned an attack which was allegedly meant to take place yesterday near Tunis during visits scheduled as part of the presidential campaign, said UPL's spokesperson Yosra Milli, adding that Rihahi's agenda was changed, based on the warnings by security officials.

    According to the reports by Tunisian authorities, the threats come from fugitive Seifallah Ben Hassine, known as Abou Iyadh, leader of the Ansar Charia group classified as a terror organization in Tunisia since August 2013, and a well-known Salafite extremist, Abou Bakr Al Hakim, previously detained in Syria and France. Al Hakim is believed to have returned to Tunisia in 2012 and is currently a fugitive. He is believed to be involved in incidents on Mount Chaambi, a terror stronghold, and Mnihla.(ANSAmed).

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