‘Tunisia’s Berlusconi’ the wild card as nation goes to the polls

Jailed Nabil Karoui hopes to appeal to voters disillusioned by lack of progress since Arab spring

Campaigning ends on Friday in Tunisia’s presidential election before Sunday’s first round of voting, pitting more than two dozen candidates against each other, including a media mogul running for office from jail.

Tunisia is the last of the Arab spring countries still on a democratic track, after Egypt slipped back toward authoritarianism and Syria and Libya descended into conflict.

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