Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has announced that he will stand for re-election in November in the country’s first constitutionally-backed presidential election.

Marzouki made the announcement on 20 September after registering to stand and is now set to face rival candidates that include the the National Assembly speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar and Beji Caid Essebsi, a former foreign affairs minister under strongman Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

Tunisia’s interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa has announced he will not be standing in the presidential elections, despite being named as a possible consensus candidate by Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of the moderate Islamist party Ennahda.

Like Jomaa, Marzouki is also a secular politician with a good relationship to Ennahda.

Marzouki trained as a doctor in France and spent a decade living in the country after being exiled under Ben Ali for opposition activism.