October 6, 2019 / 6:07 PM / 10 days ago

Heart of Tunisia party claims victory in parliamentary election

A supporter of Nabil Karoui, a detained Tunisian media mogul and presidential candidate, carries election leaflets for Karoui's Heart of Tunisia party ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Tunis, Tunisia October 3, 2019. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

TUNIS (Reuters) - The detained Tunisian presidential candidate Nabil Karoui said in a statement that his Heart of Tunisia party had come first in Sunday’s parliamentary election, without saying where the information came from.

His statement was emailed to Reuters at 6.35 p.m., 35 minutes after polls closed, with early indications from the electoral commission having shown that turnout across the country was low.

Reporting by Tarek Amara, Writing by Angus McDowall and Alison Williams

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