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Tunisia PM says he will not run for presidency

September 17, 2014

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s interim prime minister has announced he will not be running for president in the country’s November elections, quashing weeks of speculation.

Mehdi Jomaa, a technocrat who came in January to head the government after a political crisis, has been widely praised and there have been rumors he would run for president.

In a press conference Wednesday, Jomaa said he would not run and would instead hold to his promise to guide the country through the transition and “ensure the elections succeed.”

Tunisia kicked off the Arab Spring in January 2011 and the elections in October and November represent the end of the democratic transition.

Fierce competition is expected between Islamists and their opponents in October’s parliamentary election.

The Islamists have pledged not to run a candidate for the presidency.

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