World Bulletin/News Desk
Two Tunisian politicians on Monday walked out of the country's presidential race, almost a week before the presidential election starts.
Independent presidential contender Mustapha Kamel Nabli had abruptly ended his presidential campaign in the northern city of Bizerte. A few hours later, he told a private Tunisian TV that he had decided to walk out of the presidential race.
Nabli's spokesperson, Reem al-Saidi, said he had decided to walk out of the presidential race in protest against the use of money as a political campaigning tool and the presence of a widespread violent discourse.
"He [Nabli] believes that there would be no room in the elections for qualified people," al-Saidi told Anadolu Agency. "Money has already become strongly present in the election," she added.
Al-Saidi said Nabli had not asked his supporters to back any other presidential candidate yet.
Nabli, 66, is an economist who worked as the governor of Tunisia's Central Bank after the 2011 popular uprising. He assumed leading posts in the World Bank in 2012.
Independent presidential candidate Noureddin Hached also declared his withdrawal from the presidential race.
"I took this decision in protest against conditions on Tunisia's political stage at present," Hached told Tunisia's state television.
Hached, 70, is a Tunisian historian and researcher.
Millions of Tunisians are expected to head to polling stations across their country on November 23 to select a new president for their country, the first to be elected after a popular uprising ended the long rule of ex-president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.
The withdrawal of Nabli and Hached brings the total number of candidates in the election to 25.
Candidates have started campaigning since on November 2. Presidential campaigns are expected to last until November 21.Last Mod: 18 Kasım 2014, 10:17