Four Tunisian presidential candidates to be questioned on “violation of election” charges

It has been reported that a decision was made to question four politicians who were among the candidates in the 2019 presidential elections in Tunisia on charges of "violation of the election."

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The Information and Communication Bureau of the Tunisian Civil Court of First Instance made a statement regarding the ongoing investigation into violations committed during the 2019 presidential elections.

In the statement, it was stated that the President of the Al Karama Coalition Seifeddine Makhlouf, the President of the Free Destourian Party Abir Moussi, the presidential candidate of the Ennahda Movement, Abdelfattah Mourou, and independent candidate Omar Mansour were referred to the court as part of the election violation investigation.

According to the statement, violations include “making illegal election propaganda and continuing to make propaganda during the election bans.”

Within the scope of the “election violations” investigation opened after the Court of Accounts’ report on the presidential elections, a decision was made to question Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of the Ennahda Movement, and former President Moncef Marzouki.

In a statement made on January 5, the Tunisian Court, along with Ghannouchi and Marzouki, Chairman of the Heart of Tunisia Party Nabil Karoui, former Defense Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi, former Prime Ministers Elyes Fakhfakh, Youssef Chahed, Mahdi Juma and Hamadi Jebali announced that including 19 people, had been referred to the court on charges of “committed electoral violations.”

In the statement made by the Ennahda Movement, it was emphasized that although Ghannouchi was not among the presidential candidates, his inclusion in this investigation was political.

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