Tunisian dissident to run for president

AFP , Friday 21 Jan 2011

Journalist Ben Brik becomes second figure to announce his intent to run for president in upcoming elections

Dissident Tunisian journalist Taoukif Ben Brik, who was jailed for criticising ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, said Friday he will run in his country's upcoming presidential election.

"I feel I am the favourite candidate because I was the only one who during all those years openly fought Ben Ali," he told AFP in a telephone interview.

Ben Brik is the second person, after opposition leader Moncef Marzouki, to publicly state his intention to run in the elections due to be held in six month's time.

The journalist spent six months in jail over assault charges which he said were trumped up to punish him for criticising Ben Ali, who a week ago fled revolt in Tunisia to seek refuge in Saudi Arabia.

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