Posts Tagged ‘Tunisia’

Tunisia rejects EU financial aid, casting doubt on an immigration deal

Tunisian President Kais Saied yesterday rejected financial support announced by the European Union in September, saying the amount is small and goes against a deal signed three months ago, Reuters reported. Saied’s move could undermine the “strategic partnership” from July that includes measures on combating human traffickers and tightening borders, and which came during a […]

Tunisia intercepts 426 illegal migration attempts in 13 days

Tunisian authorities announced on Friday the blocking of 426 illegal migration attempts through maritime and ground terminals in 13 days, Anadolu Agency reported. On Facebook, the Administration of the National Guard Units posted a statement that the operations took place between 15 and 28 September. “Some 7,756 people were detained after crossing the borders, including […]

Tunisia: Conference participation of Israel professor sparks widespread controversy

The President of Tunisia’s University of Sfax Abdel Wahed Al-Makni on Friday clarified the controversy surrounding the participation of an Israeli professor in a scientific conference it organised a year ago. Al-Makni explained that the professor’s participation in September 2022 was part of preparations for holding a symposium titled “Meetings of Francophone Sociology”, organised by […]

Tunisia detains cartoonist over drawings mocking prime minister

Tunisia’s public prosecutor yesterday detained the cartoonist Tawfiq Omrane over drawings mocking the prime minister, Omrane’s lawyer said, Reuters reported. Omrane is well known for publishing satirical cartoons featuring President Kais Saied, who seized almost all powers two years ago after he shut down Tunisia’s elected parliament in a move that the opposition described as […]

UNESCO designates Djerba, Tunisia as World Heritage Site

The UN cultural agency, UNESCO, on Monday, added Tunisia’s Djerba Island to its list of World Heritage Sites, Anadolu Agency reports. In a statement, the Tunisian Culture Ministry said the resort island was voted to the list during the 45th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The Ministry said […]

Tunisia thwarts 23 attempts to cross into Europe, rescues 650

Tunisian authorities have thwarted 23 attempts by irregular migrants to cross the Mediterranean into Europe and rescued about 652 people off the coast of Sfax in one night, Anadolu reported. The Tunisian National Guard said in a statement yesterday that the National Guard Marine District in Sfax thwarted 23 attempts to cross the maritime borders into Europe. […]

Tunisia: National Journalists Syndicate denounces Saied’s ‘systematic media restrictions’

The National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists on Friday denounced the authorities’ grip on the public media sector and the adoption of a policy of “systematic restrictions” and suppression of freedoms in a country undergoing a severe political crisis. President of the syndicate Yassin Al-Jelassi announced in a press conference: “There are cases of systematic censorship […]

Tunisia heat wave hits wine output

Tunisia’s blisteringly hot summer has hit Tunisia’s small wine industry, damaging or destroying grapes and leaving farmers and vintners to fear for their future as climate change brings hotter, drier weather to North Africa, Reuters reports. Estimates of how far wine output has fallen vary, from a roughly 20 per cent drop, according to the […]

Tunisia: Islamist political prisoners held in harsh conditions

Political prisoners from the major Islamic political party in Tunisia, Ennahda, are facing "harsh conditions" in prison, their lawyers revealed on Monday. They made their comments during a press conference held by the National Salvation Front. The Front provides the main opposition to President Kais Saied, and the legal defence team for political prisoner Sayed […]

Tunisia, Saudi Arabia sign $500m loan deal

The governments of Tunisia and Saudi Arabia signed a soft loan agreement worth $400 million and a financial grant of $100 million offered by Riyadh to help mitigate Tunis' budget deficit. This came at a time when Tunisia is facing a budget deficit crisis and a decline in foreign investments. The Tunisian radio reported that […]

Tunisia: democracy activists criticise Italian involvement

The general coordinator of the Swiss Initiative to Support Democracy in Tunisia has criticised President Kais Saied and his involvement with the Italian government led by right-wing Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. "Meloni is only focusing on migration and is pushing Saied to play the role of a regional policeman to protect the Italian and EU […]

At least 15 migrants found dead off Tunisia’s coast

The International Organization for Migration says 1,895 people have died or gone missing en route from northern Africa across the central Mediterranean this year. At least 15 migrants have been found dead off Tunisia’s coast and on its border with Algeria this week, authorities said on Friday. The deaths come as sub-Saharan Africans face increasing […]

Tunisia president threatens social media activists

Tunisian President Kais Saied has called for an end to the “indecent assault and targeting of state apparatus” on social media, warning that activists could face prosecution. This came during a meeting held on Tuesday with Minister of Communication Technologies, Nizar Ben Neji, the presidency said in a statement. Saied criticised “the use of social […]

Tunisia’s President Stands Up for His Independence, Defying Western Pressure

Tunisia is a nice little Arab Mediterranean country located in the very north of Africa (I know this well, for I was the Russian ambassador to Tunisia in the late twentieth century). Except for considerable phosphate reserves, there are hardly any minerals. Since gaining its independence in 1956, Tunisia has placed a strong emphasis on […]

What connects Algeria, Russia and Tunisia?

Tunisian President Kais Saied followed his friend, the Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune's visit to Moscow, and the manner in which Russian President Vladimir Putin received him, which indicated much respect and appreciation. Saied has had a strong relationship with Tebboune from the beginning, and the number of visits he made to Algeria is the greatest […]

Ex-Tunisia president calls for civil resistance to stop country’s slide into abyss

Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki called on the Tunisian people to engage in “civil resistance” to put an end to the “absurdity” engulfing the country and the “accelerating slide towards the abyss”. In a post on Facebook, Marzouki said a black decade in Tunisia’s history began in July 2021 and not in 2011 as the […]

Tunisia: civil society groups call for president to end interference in judiciary

Thirty-seven Tunisian and international civil society organisations have called for an end to the executive authority’s interference in the judiciary. Such interference, they point out, includes President Kais Saied’s order to dismiss 57 judges last year. The call has been made in a joint statement signed by the organisations, including Human Rights Watch, the Tunisian […]

EU awaiting details behind Tunisia’s arrest of Ghannouchi

The European Union said today that it is waiting for the issuance of official information about the reasons for the arrest of the head of the Ennahda Movement, Rashid Al-Ghannouchi, in Tunisia. In a statement the spokesperson of the European Union for the Middle East and North Africa region, Luis Miguel Bueno, said: "We are following with […]

Syria Foreign Minister visits Tunisia

Syrian Foreign Minister, Faisal Mekdad, has arrived in Tunisia for a three-day visit, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry said, Anadolu News Agency reports. The Ministry said in a Monday statement that the visit comes "within the framework of keenness to restore bilateral relations to their normal track." The visit will be the first by a Syrian […]

Blinken: Tunisia faces the ‘unknown’ if it does not reach an agreement with the IMF

Washington: US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, warned on Wednesday that Tunisia urgently needs to reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, after the European Union expressed concern about the deteriorating political and economic situation in this country. "The most important thing they can do in Tunisia, from an economic point of view, is […]

Tunisia interior minister resigns

Tunisian Minister of Interior Taoufik Charfeddine announced his resignation from his position on Friday evening with the approval of President Kais Saied. This came in a media statement by the minister, broadcast by Ibtissama FM radio station on Friday evening. “This is my last statement as a minister of interior. Trust brought me to the […]

Tunisia politicians enter hunger strike in response to poor detention conditions

Tunisian politicians arrested in the "conspiracy against state security" case announced they had entered a hunger strike in response to the "poor conditions of detention." Jaouhar Ben Mbarek, a member of the National Salvation Front (NSFT), announced that he had entered into a severe hunger strike after the prison administration deliberately abused him inside prison… […]

Tunisia: Arrest campaign continues with Ennahda opposition leader arrest

Tension has escalated between the Tunisian authorities and opponents of President Kais Saied against the backdrop of the recent ongoing campaign of arrests. The latest arrest was of Ennahda leader Habib Louz and the blocking of a march of the National Salvation Front, amid US condemnation of the restrictions. Louz's lawyer, Mokhtar Jamei, told Tunisian […]

‘We will confront any political manoeuvring targeting martyr file’, says Tunisia Lawyer Farhani

The Association of Families of Martyrs and Wounded of the Awfiya Revolution (Awfiya) announced on Friday that it would confront: "Any political manoeuvring targeting the file of the martyrs and wounded of the revolution that toppled the regime of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011." This came in a speech by the head […]

Police bust alleged Tunisia-Italy migrant traffickers

Police in Italy said they had arrested 12 people allegedly involved in a ring that transported migrants from Tunisia to Sicily, with six suspects still unaccounted for, AFP reports. According to the report, the suspects, 11 Tunisians and seven Italians, allegedly used small boats with powerful engines to transport about 10 to 30 migrants at […]

Tunisia elections: 1058 candidates run, 7 electoral constituencies without candidates

Tunisia's Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) announced the acceptance of 1,058 candidacy applications for the legislative elections scheduled to be held on 17 December. "We accepted 1,058 candidacy applications for the legislative elections out of 1,427," shared Head of ISIE Farouk Bouasker in a press conference on Thursday. He added: "363 candidacy applications were […]

Tunisia police use excessive force against teacher protests

Tunisian police have used excessive force against teachers who protested on Thursday in front of the Ministry of Education, demanding authorities provide them with permanent jobs. According to the National Coordination of Representatives, the teachers were forced to end their protest after being subjected to "all forms of violence". Spokesperson for the National Coordination of […]

Tunisia: Ennahda official says judiciary ‘will be fair’

The Vice President of Ennahda Movement in Tunisia, Ali Laarayedh, said yesterday that he trusts in the judiciary "to be fair" to him, the movement and its President Rached Ghannouchi, Anadolu has reported. Laarayedh was speaking in the context of the allegations that the two Ennahda officials have been involved in sending Tunisians to "hotbeds" […]

Tunisia: Activists call for the declaration of a climate state of emergency

Dozens of activists from the Tunisian Youth Climate Movement yesterday organised a sit-in in front of the capital's Municipal Theatre to demand "a climate state of emergency" be declared in the country. "We are young men and women gathered in front of the municipal theatre to demand our right to a healthy environment and our […]

Tunisia Workers’ Party: Laws 54 and 55 are ‘fascist’ and dangerous

The Tunisian Workers’ Party announced on Friday that Laws No. 54 and 55 are “fascist and are a serious threat” to the people’s aspirations for freedom and democracy. The party stated that the two laws “do not have any legitimacy” because they are based on an “illegal Constitution“. The statement explained that the Constitution: “Was […]

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