first_imgTUNIS –Tunisians are casting ballots in their North African country’s seconddemocratic presidential election, choosing among 26 candidates for a leader whocan safeguard its young democracy and tackle its unemployment, corruption andeconomic despair. More than100,000 security forces were on guard Sunday — 70,000 police and 32,000 troops— as 7 million registered voters went to the polls. There was no clearfavorite, suggesting that Sunday’s vote will only be the first round of thepresidential election. (AP) The votingfollowed a noisy but brief campaign — 12 days — marked by backbiting andcharges of corruption among the contenders. All vowed to boost the country’sflagging economy and protect it from further deadly attacks by Islamistextremists.center_img Women walk past candidates’ posters and designated numbers a day before the start of presidential election in Tunis, Tunisia, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. APlast_img