TUNISIA, Oct. 13 (Reuters / EP) –
The weeks that Tunisian presidential candidate Nabil Karoui was detained before his release last Wednesday could condition the correct development of the second round of the elections held this Sunday in the country, according to international observers.
The election campaign has been marked by imprisonment for alleged corruption of Karoui, who has not been able to participate in events or give interviews until his release during Wednesday's day.
“His detention and his inability to campaign on equal terms worry us a lot,” said the head of the NGO National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute, Les Campbell, from Tunisia.
The people of Tunisia have begun to vote this Sunday for a second round of the presidential elections, amidst the boredom of the population with the traditional parties and after some parliamentarians that have generated a fragmented Parliament.
Saied, an independent jurist with a conservative tendency, won the first round with 18.4 percent of the vote, ahead of the magnate Karoui, leader of the Heart of Tunisia party, who collected 15.6 percent of the support .
The tycoon, owner of the local television network Nessma TV, was arrested in August for alleged corruption and remained in preventive detention, although for the moment he has not been convicted.
His supporters have denounced an attempt to silence him for his criticism of the Government, while his detractors say that the tycoon has misused his chain and his charitable organization for his own political advantage.