Tunisia's Ennahdha not to field presidential candidate

To focus on October parliamentary poll instead

08 September, 19:24

    Ennahda party leader Rached Ghannouchi speaks during a press conference in Tunis Ennahda party leader Rached Ghannouchi speaks during a press conference in Tunis

    (ANSAmed) - ROME- The Islamist party Ennahda decided on Monday not to take part in the November 23 presidential elections. The decision was made by the Shura Council and announced by party spokesman Zied Ladhari, who made two statements clarifying the strategy the party intends to pursue in the near future. Ladhari said that Ennahdha would not field a candidate of its own, opting instead to jointly back one with other parties pushing for a continuation of the democratic process. Ladhari said that the party's efforts and resources would be focused exclusively on winning the parliamentary elections slated for October 26. The presidency is an entirely representative office and the new constitution endows the parliament with a great deal more power, which is likely the reason behind the decision. The president is expected to be the 'guardian' of the constitution. Tunisia will thus head for presidential elections once the outcome of the parliamentary elections are known, lacing a candidate from a party that since winning the poll for the constitution has lost support and votes. An electoral campaign has been underway for many months, and forecasts show support will be divided between Gannouchi's party and Nidaa Tounes, a reformist and secular party that may end up defeated despite entering the game with the upper hand. (ANSAmed).

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