Archive for March, 2012

Tunisia’s Leading Party Reaffirms Commitment to Arab-Muslim Identity

Tunisia’s Leading Party Reaffirms Commitment to Arab-Muslim Identity

| 26 March 2012 | 5 Comments

Yesterday, the Islamist party Ennahda declared on national evening television that it would keep intact Article 1 of the 1959 Tunisian Constitution. Article 1 of Tunisia’s first constitution explicitly states that Tunisia is a free, sovereign, and independent state, whose “religion is Islam, language is Arabic, and regime is republic.” Ennahda holds 89 – or [...]

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Several Thousand Salafists Demonstrate for Islamic Law, Attack Dramatists in Tunis

Several Thousand Salafists Demonstrate for Islamic Law, Attack Dramatists in Tunis

| 25 March 2012 | 38 Comments

A group of several thousand Salafists and their supporters demonstrated in downtown Tunis today in support of the Koran, claiming that the Muslim holy book was under threat by more secular elements of Tunisian society. Demonstrators climbed the clock tower of Tunis to fly black caliphate flags from the top of the tower and chanted [...]

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Tunisians Don Gloves to Change Minds in Annual Clean-up Day

Tunisians Don Gloves to Change Minds in Annual Clean-up Day

| 25 March 2012 | 6 Comments

Hundreds of people took to the streets and beaches this Sunday March 25th, to participate in a grass-roots environmental initiative called Let’s Do It Tunisie! Teams of volunteers from Bizerte to Tatouine joined municipal council workers to remove rubbish, plant trees and regenerate public spaces. In Greater Tunis, initiatives were organized in a number of [...]

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Constituent Assembly Members Disagree on Scheduling an End to Their Mandate

Constituent Assembly Members Disagree on Scheduling an End to Their Mandate

| 25 March 2012 | 3 Comments

Members of the Tunisian Constituent Assembly expressed differing views over the announcement yesterday by Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali’s spokesman, Lutfi Zaitoun that March 20, 2013 will be the latest date that the next Parliamentary Elections will be scheduled. While many parties campaigned on limiting the Constituent Assembly to a one-year mandate for drafting Tunisia’s new [...]

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Bourguibist Parties Gather in Monastir

Bourguibist Parties Gather in Monastir

| 25 March 2012 | 3 Comments

Thousands of citizens gathered yesterday in a Monastir Sports Center to attend a national gathering of political groups known as, “Call for the nation.” The National Association of  Bourguibist Thoughts organized the gathering to call for unity in Tunisia’s opposition political parties. The event, which billed itself as a national discussion on the future of Tunisia, was chaired by former [...]

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Tunisia Scheduled to Hold Parliamentary Elections on or Before March 20, 2013

Tunisia Scheduled to Hold Parliamentary Elections on or Before March 20, 2013

| 24 March 2012 | 0 Comments

An aide to Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali has announced that the three parties in the coalition government currently holding a majority of seats in Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly have come to an agreement to call for new parliamentary elections on or before March 20, 2013. “March 20th of next year has been suggested. It is not [...]

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International Festival of Tataouine Sahara Dwellings

International Festival of Tataouine Sahara Dwellings

| 24 March 2012 | 1 Comment

The thirty third edition of the International Festival of Sahara Ksours (Berber dwellings) kicked off on Friday, March 23rd, 2012 and will go on until Sunday, March 25th, 2012. The theme of the event is “Young People Liberating and Building the Country”. The program for the festival includes several workshops, conferences, musical shows, poetry recitals and [...]

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Tuberculosis Affects Thousands of People Each Year in Tunisia

Tuberculosis Affects Thousands of People Each Year in Tunisia

| 24 March 2012 | 0 Comments

Today Tunisia celebrates World Tuberculosis Day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2,600 people were infected in Tunisia in 2010, and a total of 3,300 people are living with TB. Each year in our country, TB claims the lives of 230 people. This year’s World TB Day slogan is “Stop TB in my life”. [...]

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Chadian Opposition Group Opens a Branch Office in Tunisia

Chadian Opposition Group Opens a Branch Office in Tunisia

| 24 March 2012 | 0 Comments

The Front for the Salvation of the Republic (FSR), an armed Chadian opposition group, has recently opened a branch office in Tunis. Captain Pilot Ismael Moussa, president of the FSR, spoke exclusively with Tunisia Live about the ambitions of the FSR in Tunisia and its aim to topple the current government in Chad, led by [...]

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Tunisian Secretary of State Stuck in Mali

Tunisian Secretary of State Stuck in Mali

| 24 March 2012 | 2 Comments

The Tunisian Secretary of State in charge of Arab and African Affairs, Abedallah Triki, is still stuck in Mali along with 80 other Tunisians. Tunisia’s foreign affairs ministry stated in a communique that Tunisians in Mali are safe and are staying in hotels in Mali. According to Hedi Ben Abbes, Secretary of State for the [...]

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