Tunisian Islamist party endorses Jewish candidate

Source: AFP

Decked out in a striking blue suit and white shirt, matching his political allegiance, Simon Slama rubs shoulders with fellow candidates ahead of Tunisia’s municipal elections.

Nothing unusual about that — except he is the only Jewish candidate, standing for the Islamist Ennahdha party.


A public relations stunt for some; a sign of genuine liberalisation for others. But even if Slama fares dismally come the May 6 poll, his candidacy has become a major story in the nation.

This will be the first municipal vote since former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fell from power in 2011.

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