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Tunisia's Ennahda warns of 'foreign meddling' in polls

Tunisia's Ennahda warns of 'foreign meddling' in polls
Warning comes after Facebook bans Israeli firm specialized in influencing election outcomes

By Adil Essabiti

TUNIS (AA) - The Ennahda movement on Wednesday warned against the possibility of “foreign interference” in Tunisia’s domestic affairs, including upcoming presidential and parliamentary polls.

In a Wednesday statement, the movement warned of “serious efforts by certain foreign actors to interfere in the country’s internal affairs”.

The remarks come shortly after Facebook banned all accounts linked to the Archimedes Group, an Israeli firm that is reportedly specialized in influencing election outcomes.

According to reports in the international media, the group’s activities were aimed at influencing public opinion in a handful of countries slated to hold elections this year, including Tunisia.

In its statement, Ennahda -- which holds 68 out of 217 seats in Tunisia’s parliament -- urged citizens to “remain vigilant with a view to thwarting these suspicious activities and to not be misled by propaganda”.

Ennahda also expressed its readiness to “engage in any initiative aimed at ensuring fair and transparent elections and promoting pluralism and diversity”.

Tunisia is due to hold legislative elections on Oct. 6, to be followed by presidential polls on Nov. 17.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat

source: News Feed
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