Tunisia’s freed presidential candidate Nabil Karoui confident of victory come Sunday’s run off

Nabil Karoui, the Tunisian presidential candidate released on Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s runoff is confident he has enough time to do battle and win presidency.

Court ordered Karoui’s release after his defense team successfully appealed his conviction.

In Tunisia’s capital yesterday, Karoui received a hero’s welcome from his supporters coming out of prison.

Karoui was imprisoned on money laundering and tax evasion charges which saw him contest the first round of presidential elections from jail.

“Yesterday, the judicial system set me free. There was no deal [for my release],” AFP quotes Mr Karoui as telling his supporters during last-minute campaigning.

Mr Karoui – who has never run for political office before – came second in the first round of the presidential election last month.

He took 15.6% of the vote compared with the 18.4% of another outsider, law professor Kais Saied.

The two saw off a crowded field of 24 other candidates, and their progression into the second round was seen as a major blow to the political establishment.

It is Tunisia’s second free presidential poll since the 2011 uprising that toppled ex-President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring.

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