Tunisia will hold its parliamentary election on the sixth of October and a presidential vote starting on the tenth of November, the country’s electoral commission has said. This year’s elections will be the third round of national voting since Tunisia’s 2011 revolution toppled longtime leader, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
The parliamentary race is expected to be a close fight between the moderate Islamist Ennahdha party, the more secular Tahya Tounes party of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, and the Nidaa Tounes party led by Hafedh Caid Essebsi, the current president’s son.
The three parties rule the North African country together, but their coalition has been hit by infighting that has hampered decision-making and slowed economic reforms demanded by foreign donors.
No leader has yet declared their candidacy for presidency. President of the independent electoral committee, Nabil Bafoun, on Wednesday said if a presidential candidate does not win outright in the first round, a second round will follow within two weeks.