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Independents flood Tunisian elections

Hundreds of independent lists and parties are expected to run in this year’s parliamentary elections, which will now be held after the pushed-forward presidential contest.

It's no surprise that the death of President Beiji Caid Essebsi, which triggered an early presidential election, is causing a major shakeup in Tunisian democracy.

Following the president’s funeral, his son, Nidaa Tounes leader Hafedh Essebsi, said of his father’s decision not to sign the reformed electoral law, “It was not easy for him to not sign it,” and “It was a service to his people.” 

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