Vice President of the Islamist party Ennahda and candidate for the upcoming presidential elections Abdelfattah Mourou, left, and Tunisian Leader of the Islamist Ennahda party, Rachid Ghannouchi during a meeting with the members of the party in Tunis, Tunisia, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

Jailed tycoon among Tunisia's 26 presidential candidates

August 31, 2019 - 11:39 am

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A jailed media magnate is among the 26 candidates who are running in Tunisia's presidential election on Sept. 15.

The Tunisian election authority announced the candidates who qualified for the first round of voting in the North African country with a fragile democracy. A second vote is expected two weeks later.

Businessman Nabil Karoui was allowed to maintain his candidacy while in custody on accusations of money laundering and tax evasion.

The election authority said Saturday that Karoui and another candidate accused of money laundering can run for president as long as they haven't been convicted.

Before his arrest, Karoui was considered a leading contender to follow President Beji Caid Essebsi, who died in office in July. Other top candidates include Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and Defense Minister Abdelkrim Zbidi.

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