Tunisia: Law Professor Kaïs Saïed Poised to Be Next President

HeadlineOct 14, 2019

In Tunisia, retired law professor Kaïs Saïed is poised to be the next president, after preliminary results from Sunday’s election showed him with a landslide lead over his opponent, a multimillionaire TV mogul who had been arrested on charges of money laundering and tax fraud. Celebrations filled the streets of Tunis after the early results were announced.

Latifa: “I am so very happy. I am so happy with youth, who in 2011 held a revolution and have today nominated the president with wisdom. With hope, I salute Tunisia’s youth. They are our future. They are everything. They are the ones who brought back our revolution today.”

Professor Kaïs Saïed helped parliament draft Tunisia’s post-Arab Spring constitution and ran on a message of integrity and anti-corruption. But some have criticized his conservative views, which include opposing equal inheritance for men and women and plans to reinstate the death penalty.

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