January 17, 2011 / 2:34 PM / in 7 years

Exiled Tunisian Marzouki says to run in election

PARIS, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Moncef Marzouki, an exiled leader of a secular Tunisian opposition party, said on Monday he would run in a presidential election after the departure of ex-president Zine al Abidine Ben Ali.

Ben Ali fled the country on Friday after a month of violent street protests, leaving the country in the hands of a caretaker government. A new coalition was expected to be announced later on Monday ahead of an election.

“Yes, I will be running,” Marzouki, head of the centre-left Congress for the Republic, told Reuters. “We need to hold credible elections.”

He added that he would be returning to Tunisia on Tuesday. (Reporting by Nick Vinocur)

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