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.