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Tunisian defence minister Zbidi to run for president

Tunisian defence minister Zbidi to run for president
FILE PHOTO: Tunisian Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi speaks during a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (not in picture) in Tunis July 30, 2012. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi -
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TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian defence minister Abdelkarim Zbidi submitted his candidacy on Wednesday for an early presidential election expected to take place on Sept. 15.

Zbidi, 69, an independent supported by liberal parties including Nidaa Tounes and afek Tounes, is likely to be among leading candidates in the election, to be held early following the death of president Beji Caid Essebsi last month.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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