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Tunisian Belly dancer, 21, known for her risque shows and swimsuit selfies announces bid to run for president after promising to ban the hijab and impose fines for unfaithful men

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 14/08/2019 Bridie Pearson-jones

A 21-year-old belly dancer has announced she is running to be Tunisian president - promising voters she will ban the hijab and impose fines for unfaithful men. 

Nermine Sfar, who is known for her risque shows and posting revealing selfies on Instagram, has collected 35,000 voter signatures, three times more than the number required for an eligible bid.

a woman posing for a picture: The north African country is facing an election on September 15, following the death of their first democratically elected leader, Beji Caid Essebs, 92. Sfar said the country will be a 'a country of art and freedom' under her rule © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The north African country is facing an election on September 15, following the death of their first democratically elected leader, Beji Caid Essebs, 92. Sfar said the country will be a 'a country of art and freedom' under her rule The north African country is facing an election on September 15, following the death of their first democratically elected leader, Beji Caid Essebs, 92. 

Sfar, who boasts almost 300,000 Instagram followers, told local media under her rule Tunisia will be 'a country of art and freedom' and that  'people will no longer think about leaving it'.

a person in the water: Sfar, who boasts almost 300,000 Instagram followers, told local media under her rule Tunisa will be 'a country of art and freedom. People will no longer think about leaving it' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sfar, who boasts almost 300,000 Instagram followers, told local media under her rule Tunisa will be 'a country of art and freedom. People will no longer think about leaving it'

She added the state will be 'better than Italy'.   

a woman standing on a beach: Sfar's policies include lowering the price of bread and changing the law so women get two-thirds of inheritance, as opposed to the traditional one-third in Islamic custom © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sfar's policies include lowering the price of bread and changing the law so women get two-thirds of inheritance, as opposed to the traditional one-third in Islamic custom

Sfar plans to run on a very liberal ticket in the Muslim-majority state.

Her policies include lowering the price of bread and changing the law so women get two-thirds of inheritance, as opposed to the traditional one-third in Islamic custom.

She also plans to ban the hijab, and impose a traditional Tunisian headscarf known as the safseri instead. 

The influencer has also promised to fine men who promise to marry women but don't go through with it or are unfaithful. 

She says she's running in response to fan requests.

Tunisa is considered the only democracy in the Arab world, and one of the only to emerge to emerge from the Arab Spring of 2010-2012.

a person in the water: Nermine Sfar, who is known for her risque shows and posting revealing selfies on Instagram, has collected 35,000 voter signatures, three times more than the number of required for an eligible bid © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Nermine Sfar, who is known for her risque shows and posting revealing selfies on Instagram, has collected 35,000 voter signatures, three times more than the number of required for an eligible bid The candidates bidding to lead 11.5 million Tunisians include the president of  LGBTIQ+ group Association Shams.

Mounir Baatour is the first openly gay man to run for President in any Arab country - even though gay sex is still illegal in the country. 

It comes just six years after the lawyer was arrested for alleged sodomy. 

a person in a green field: Tunisa is considered the only democracy in the Arab world, and one of the only to emerge to emerge from the Arab Spring of 2010-2012. The candidates running against Sfar (pictured) bidding to lead 11.5 million Tunisians include the president of LGBTIQ+ group Association Shams © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tunisa is considered the only democracy in the Arab world, and one of the only to emerge to emerge from the Arab Spring of 2010-2012. The candidates running against Sfar (pictured) bidding to lead 11.5 million Tunisians include the president of LGBTIQ+ group Association Shams He's said he wants to provide equality for gay people in the country. 

'After long years in the fight for minority right, I have understood that no one can do the job better than me' he told local media.

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