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Tunisia: Tunisians watch first ever televised presidential debates ahead of elections02:30

Tunisia: Tunisians watch first ever televised presidential debates ahead of elections

Tunisia, Tunis
September 10, 2019 at 16:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of Tunisians gathered in the capital city of Tunis on Monday, for a second day of nation's first ever televised presidential debates.

The gathering was organized by the IWATCH group founded after the Tunisian revolution to monitor political events and observe elections.

"For us it is very important that the Tunisian citizens do not vote based on impressions but on the basis of candidates programs. Seeing and hearing candidates debating brings them closer to voters," President of the IWATCH Organisation Ashraf Oweidi said.

"It is a very good initiative and a new culture that is entering the political scene and that we were not used to seeing before. Today, these debates have at least allowed us to understand the candidates' electoral programs. What has made me personally happy is to see events like this one," said one of the attendees.

The Tunisian Presidential elections are set to take place on 15 September 2019, the second elections since the Jasmine revolution in 2010-2011 which saw president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali removed from office.

Tunisia: Tunisians watch first ever televised presidential debates ahead of elections02:30
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Dozens of Tunisians gathered in the capital city of Tunis on Monday, for a second day of nation's first ever televised presidential debates.

The gathering was organized by the IWATCH group founded after the Tunisian revolution to monitor political events and observe elections.

"For us it is very important that the Tunisian citizens do not vote based on impressions but on the basis of candidates programs. Seeing and hearing candidates debating brings them closer to voters," President of the IWATCH Organisation Ashraf Oweidi said.

"It is a very good initiative and a new culture that is entering the political scene and that we were not used to seeing before. Today, these debates have at least allowed us to understand the candidates' electoral programs. What has made me personally happy is to see events like this one," said one of the attendees.

The Tunisian Presidential elections are set to take place on 15 September 2019, the second elections since the Jasmine revolution in 2010-2011 which saw president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali removed from office.