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Out of jail, Tunisia presidential candidate wants vote delay

October 10, 2019
Tunisian presidential candidate and media mogul Nabil Karoui, waves as he is greeted by jubilant crowds after he was released from prison in Mannouba, Tunisia, Wednesday Oct. 9, 2019, just four days before the upcoming presidential runoff election. Karoui has been jailed since August under investigation for alleged money laundering and tax fraud that he asserts as a politically motivated smear campaign. (AP Photo)
Tunisian presidential candidate and media mogul Nabil Karoui, waves as he is greeted by jubilant crowds after he was released from prison in Mannouba, Tunisia, Wednesday Oct. 9, 2019, just four days before the upcoming presidential runoff election. Karoui has been jailed since August under investigation for alleged money laundering and tax fraud that he asserts as a politically motivated smear campaign. (AP Photo)

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A candidate released from jail four days before the final round of Tunisia’s presidential election says that he wants voting delayed for a week so he can campaign.

Nabil Karoui, a media mogul who was jailed in August in a corruption investigation, said on Thursday, a day after being freed from prison, that a vote without a campaign “isn’t right.”

Karoui, 56, faces conservative law professor Kais Saied, 61, in Sunday’s runoff. Saied topped the first round of voting.

“The Tunisian people must look closely and compare and choose,” Karoui said in a statement outside the headquarters of his party, Qalb Tounes, or Heart of Tunisia, which puts fighting poverty at the top of its platform.

He noted that his party placed second in legislative elections last Sunday “despite prison.”