Tunisia

Tunisian presidential contender released from jail before election

Nabil Karoui. Photo: Khaled Nasraoui/picture alliance via Getty

A Tunisian presidential contender who had campaigned from jail was released Wednesday ahead of Sunday's run-off.

Background: Nabil Karoui, a media mogul and philanthropist, was arrested in August on tax fraud charges he says were politically motivated. He ran his populist campaign from prison.

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Tunisian president's death could bring political shifts in its wake

Beji Caid Essebsi standing at a lectern
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. Photo: Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The death of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Thursday will complicate the country's upcoming elections and may spell the end of his increasingly fractious Nidaa Tounes political party.

The big picture: The 92-year-old leader was Tunisia's first democratically elected president. It could now fall to the interim president, 85-year-old Speaker of Parliament Mohammed Ennaceur, to finalize the Constitutional Court — a body whose absence has stunted the democratic transition as parliament has failed to agree on the court's number of members.