MENA Salon: The Tunisian Elections

Workshop | October 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

On 13 October, Tunisians voted in a runoff in the second presidential elections since nationwide protests forced Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down after his twenty-four-year rule. The two frontrunners, legal scholar Kais Saied and businessman Nabil Karoui, were both unlikely candidates due to their lack of political experience. After a close election on 15 September, Saied emerged victorious in the runoff, winning more than 72 percent of votes. Saied ran as an independent on an anti-establishment, conservative platform and backed by the Ennahdha party. At this week’s Salon, we’ll discuss how these two unlikely candidates emerged as the frontrunners and what Saied’s election might mean for the future of Tunisia.

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