Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, leader of the secular Tahya Tounes party has confirmed his participation in the country’s upcoming presidential election scheduled for September 15 as he submitted his candidacy for the presidential election on Friday.
The Sept. 15 vote comes after Beji Caid Essebsi, the first president to be democratically elected in Tunisia after the 2011 uprising, died last month.
Chaded, speaking before members of his party on Thursday, said he was ready to assume the role, which he claimed to be a huge”responsibility”.
“It is a big responsibility and I know something about that,” said Chahed.
He added, “Detractors will point to the negative but never talk about the reforms and accomplishments in favour of those less fortunate, the environment … our war against corruption and other such acts.”
Chahed who is also an agricultural engineer by profession was appointed prime minister in 2016 and is the seventh head of government the North African country has had since the 2011 overthrow of longtime leader Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.
He is among more than 50 other presidential hopefuls as of Friday, the registration deadline.