Posts Tagged ‘Tunisia’

Tunisia General Labour Union calls for early legislative elections

The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) on Friday called for early legislative elections after amending the electoral law to get out of what was described as a “political crisis” after President Kais Saied seized most of the powers in the country four months ago.

Tunisia president: ‘Country can only be purified after purifying state institutions’

In a speech by Tunisian President Kais Saied on Friday, he announced: “The country can only be purified after purifying state institutions of those who wanted to bring it down and tamper with its capabilities and leave the youth in misery and deprivation.” The speech was published by the Presidency of the Republic on Facebook, […]

Tunisia book fair bans book on Ghannouchi

The banning of a book about Parliament Speaker, Rached Ghannouchi, from the book fair sparked controversy in Tunisia, while the Director of the fair justified the decision because the book’s publishing house was “violating” the fair’s laws. He denied the existence of any political motives behind this matter. Some social media pages in support of […]

Is Tunisia Headed Towards Aligning Itself With The Pro-Western Arab Regimes

This Sunday, just shy of 100,000 Tunisians rallied on the streets of their Capital City Tunis, calling for the return to Democracy after the nations President Kais Saied seized power and overturned Tunisia’s parliament. After promising to return to a democratic system, Saied has so far failed to do so and looks only to be […]

Tunisia arrests 127 irregular migrants off its shores

Tunisian authorities thwarted nine infiltration attempts along the country’s maritime borders, local media reported yesterday. Houssam Eddine Al-Jabali, a spokesman for the interior ministry, explained in a statement that the Tunisian coast guard had arrested 127 irregular migrants from a number of African countries “over one night.” “In an effort to address irregular migration, units […]

Tunisia, Algeria discuss regional issues

Tunisia and Algeria are in complete agreement on all regional issues, Tunisian Foreign Minister, Othman Jerandi, said yesterday. Jerandi spoke following a meeting with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in Algiers. “I expressed to President Tebboune how much we respect and love Algeria and the Algerian people, as well as our attachment to the existing brotherly […]

Tunisia judges call for investigation into systematic online smear campaigns

The Association of Tunisian Judges yesterday called on the Public Prosecution to investigate the “systematic online smear campaigns” against a number of its members who have spoken to the media. The association said in a statement that judicial, administrative, and financial judges speak to the media as part of their duty to inform the public […]

Calls for Tunisia president to set a time limit for his exceptional measures

Tunisian human rights advocates called on President Kais Saied to stop the “rhetoric of treason and defamation against his opponents”, which they said would increase tensions and hate in the country. They also demanded that he stop threatening officials working in state institutions. The Democratic Current Party also called on Saied to set a time […]

Tunisia condemns US Congress claims it’s democracy is ‘in danger’

Tunisian President Kais Saied yesterday expressed his country’s dissatisfaction with US Congress discussions on democracy in the North African state. In a meeting with the US Ambassador to Tunisia, Donald Blom, at the Carthage Palace, Saied “informed the US ambassador of his dissatisfaction with the inclusion of the situation in Tunisia on the agenda of […]

Tunisia president threatens Moncef Marzouki with travel ban 

Tunisian President Kais Saied yesterday launched an attack on his predecessor and threatened to withdraw his diplomatic passport and ban him from travel. Amnesty International has monitored the Tunisian authorities’ imposition of an “arbitrary travel ban” on more than 50 citizens since last July. Saied denounced some politicians abroad “conspiring” against the internal and external security of the state. He said, in the first meeting of the members of […]

US Congress committee says Tunisia democracy in ‘danger’

Democracy in Tunisia is in danger following a series of executive orders issued by President Kais Saied, the Congress Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and Global Counterterrorism said yesterday. This came during a virtual hearing titled “Tunisia: Examining the State of Democracy and Next Steps for US Policy” held with the participation of a number […]

Tunisia’s Ennahda rejects forming ‘de facto government’

Tunisia’s Ennahda movement yesterday slammed what it called a “de facto government led by Bouden.” In an official statement, the movement said that the formation of the Bouden government was “violating the Tunisian constitutional procedures.” “Losing government legitimacy will exacerbate the challenges and obstacles facing the government in dealing with national affairs and international partners,” […]

Ghannouchi announces resumption of Tunisia Parliament work

Speaker of Tunisian Parliament Rached Ghannouchi has declared the resumption of parliamentary sessions, urging lawmakers to resume work, news agencies reported on Friday. Ghannouchi defied President Kais Saied’s suspension of Parliament and called in a statement for the resumption of Parliament’s work on 1 October. “The office of the Assembly of the Representatives of the […]

Tunisia president: ‘No room for consultation in forming next government’

Tunisian President Kais Saied has announced that there is no room for consultation with Tunisia’s political parties and civil organisations regarding forming the next government. Saied stressed his rejection of “extortion and infiltration attempts” to impose a certain name to head the government. During his meeting on Thursday evening with Prime Minister-designate Najla Bouden, Saied […]

Marzouki calls on the Tunisia army to abandon President Saied

Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki called on the army and security forces to abandon the current President, Kais Saied, until he can be “isolated and put on trial.” Taking to Facebook, Marzouki wrote: “To the lurking dictator: Tunisians cannot be ruled by decrees, but by laws, institutions, and the constitution, thanks to which you came […]

Tunisia travel ban continues despite gov’t repeal, says official

Tunisian parliamentarian Mabrouk Korchid said yesterday that the government’s ban on travel was “still in effect,” despite a recent presidential announcement lifting the measure. “A friend of mine was travelling yesterday but he was suspended for not possessing a written decision about his travel purpose,” Korchid said on Facebook. “The ban is still in effect […]

Tunisia parties call on army, judiciary to uphold the rule of law

Amid growing opposition to the measures taken by President Kais Saied, five political parties, on Friday, issued a joint statement calling on the army and judiciary to respect the country’s constitution and uphold the rule of law. The signatories said that recent events have confirmed the fears they had expressed immediately after the President announced […]

The Crisis, the Pandemic, and the Realities of Tunisia

After its president, Kais Saied, ousted the prime minister, dissolved parliament for a month, and stripped deputies of their immunity, the situation in Tunisia remains a top story in the media landscape of the country and the region. These decisions were announced against the backdrop of public protests on July 25, as the population at […]

Italy fears an increase in migrants from Tunisia’s political crisis

In just eight months, the number of migrants arriving at Italian ports is already more than double that for the whole of last year. That increase, coupled with a fresh political crisis in Tunisia, is sparking fears in Italy that a new wave of Tunisians will soon arrive. Two weeks ago, Tunisia’s President Kais Saied […]

After Egypt, will Erdogan lose Tunisia and then Libya?

ARABI SOURI AUGUST 2, 2021 Erdogan will not easily accept a second loss after the failure of his plan in Egypt, which may push him to maneuver and tactics in Tunisia. The following is the English translation from Arabic of the latest article by Turkish career journalist Husni Mahali he published in the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen news site Al-Mayadeen Net: […]

Tunisia’s President To Businessmen: Return Billions of ’Looted’ Dollars So Not to Be Prosecuted

July 30, 2021 By Staff- Agencies Tunisian President Kais Saied, who seized control of the government last weekend, said that billions of dollars had been stolen from the country and offered businessmen an option to return the money if they wanted to avoid prison. During his meeting with the head of the UTICA business union, […]

The Crisis in Tunisia

On July 25, 2021, Tunisian President Kais Saied dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, froze the parliament, suspended the legal immunity of parliament members and took control of the general prosecutor’s office. He warned against any armed response to his actions: “Whoever shoots a bullet, the armed forces will respond with bullets.” In the hours after […]

Tunisia’s Presidential Takeover Could Spiral Out Of Control, Foreign Powers Eager To Get Involved

In what is being called a coup by leading political parties in Tunisia, the country’s President Kais Saied swiftly froze parliament and relieved the government of its duty, placing complete power in his own hands. This was followed by both protests and celebrations throughout the country, but could quickly turn much more violent if the […]

Govt of Tunisia Toppled After Violent COVID-19 Protests

Tunisia’s president has sacked the PM and suspended parliament becoming the first government in the world toppled in the wake of nationwide violent mass COVID-19 protests. Tunisia’s president dismissed the government and froze parliament amid unrest over the “dysfunctional” political system and crumbling healthcare. His opponents decried the move as a “coup” and called for […]

Tunisia: Where is the Situation Heading to?

[embedded content] Following the protests in Tunisia on Sunday, Tunisian President Kais Saied suspends the Parliament and dismisses Prime Minister. Where is the situation heading to? 26 jul 2021 Source: al mayadeen net by al mayadeen net The Assistant Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labor Union has said in an interview for Al Mayadeen, “the […]

Another Coup? Violent Protests Erupt In Tunisia As President Suspends Parliament

President Saied made a declaration Sunday evening that froze parliament and suspended the PM for 30 days. The president and the parliament were both elected in separate popular votes in 2019, while PM Hichem Mechichi took office last summer, replacing another short-lived government. Once it’s over, Saied said he will govern alongside a new premier. […]

At least 43 migrants drowned after boat capsises off Tunisia

At least 43 migrants drowned off the coast of Tunisia on Saturday and 84 others were rescued after their boat capsized overnight, the Tunisian Red Crescent said. Mongi Slim, head of the organization, told The Associated Press that the boat, which was carrying 127 migrants, left Libya’s coastal city of Zuwara on Friday to cross […]

Tunisia records highest covid rates in MENA, according to WHO 

Tunisia has recorded the highest number of coronavirus fatalities and infections in the Middle East and North Africa, the WHO reported yesterday. In a statement to Anadolu Agency, the director of the organisation’s office in Tunisia, Yves Soteran, said: “Tunisia is the first in the Arab world and Africa in terms of the death toll […]

Violent protests over police abuses continue in Tunisia’s capital

Violent protests erupted in the streets of Tunisia’s capital again on Saturday night, adding to the pressure on Prime Minister’s Hichem Mechichi’s government to crack down on police abuses, reports Reuters. The clashes occurred in the Sejoumi neighbourhood of Tunis and followed protests earlier in the day in the center of the city during which […]

Protesters swarm streets of Tunisia over poverty, police brutality and a botched Covid-19 response (VIDEOS)

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Tunisia to vent their ire at social inequality, police brutality and a lackluster response to the coronavirus pandemic which has exacerbated economic woes in the country. Police have engaged in increasingly violent nightly clashes with protesters in recent days, amid weeks of demonstrations.  The situation escalated […]

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