At the busy Ain Slam roundabout in the centre of Gabes, people cluster around sipping from jugs of legmi palm drink
The 43-year-old, Tunisia's youngest Prime Minister, faces competition from Abdelfattah Mourou of the Ennahdha
It would be "the first time in its history that the movement puts forward a candidate for the presidential elections"
Eight would-be candidates submitted their papers to the country's electoral commission.
Originally scheduled for November, the vote was brought forward following Essebsi's death on July 25
Essebsi, the country's first head of state elected in nationwide polls, died Thursday at the age of 92
He had been hospitalised with a severe illness in late June and was returned to intensive care on Thursday
Nigeria maintained their perfect record in third place playoffs at the Cup of Nations having won six other matches
On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 0.3 per cent, after increasing 0.5 per cent in the previous month
Senegal will miss star defender Kalidou Koulibaly for the final against Algeria after he was yellow-carded