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Natasha Turak


Natasha is a former editor at Tunisia Live and holds a Master's degree in Politics and Near East studies from Edinburgh University. Originally from Washington DC, she has spent time in Egypt, Morocco, and Jordan and worked with several human rights groups before joining TL. Natasha speaks English and French.


Investment Crucial for a Stronger Tunisia
Tunisia’s first free presidential election on November 23 marked the official conclusion of its democratic transition period. Nidaa Tounes leader Beji Caid Essebsi and incumbent president Moncef Marzouki, the top two candidates, will compete in a runoff election at the end of December. Despite this recent success, praised by international observe...

All-around Praise for Tunisia’s Presidential Election Process
International election observer groups convened at Tunis’s Hotel Africa on Monday for press conferences on their findings from Tunisia’s presidential election weekend. “We would like to extend our congratulations to the Tunisian people for another successful election—this election is a strong example of Tunisia’s commitment to democracy,...

TAYP Seminar: Private Equity for Investment in Tunisia
The Association of Tunisian American Young Professionals (TAYP)  held its “Couscous Discussion” Thursday at the Hotel de Paris in Lac on private equity potential in Tunisia with the help of multiple experts in the field. The event featured several high-profile guests, including the keynote speaker Moez Dalloua, Regional Director of the Financi...

Singer Low Deep T Spotlights Sidi Bou Said in Music Video
“That song, by Low Deep T! Have you seen the video? It was filmed in Sidi Bou Said!!” I’ve heard this from my friends in Tunis numerous times now, and every time it prompts the upbeat tune to start playing in my head, as if the mention of the name hits a mental “play” button...

Secularists Celebrate Historic Victory in Tunisia’s Legislative Elections
Secular party Nidaa Tounes has been officially declared the leader in Tunisia’s legislative elections following the High Independent Authority for Elections’ full release of the vote figures early Thursday morning. With 85 seats in the National Constituent Assembly, Nidaa’s victory marks the first time a party with a secularist platfo...

Nidaa Tounes Leads Ennahdha by Strong Margin
Following the release of preliminary figures from Sunday’s vote, secular party Nidaa Tounes has been declared the current leader in Tunisia’s legislative elections with over 80 seats in the National Constituent Assembly, an unnamed Ennahdha official told Tunisia Live. A preliminary ballot count published by Anadolus Agency revealed moderate Isl...

Shootings in Oued Ellil and Kebili Kill One Civilian, One Police Officer
Gunfire was exchanged this morning between militants and security forces resulting in the death of one security officer, Achraf ben Aziz, and the injury of another in the town of Oued Ellil in the Manouba Governorate, roughly 5 km west of Tunis. Ministry of the Interior spokesperson Mohammed Aroui announced in a press conference today...

UN Awards Tunisia First in Africa for e-Governance
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has named Tunisia as the recipient of its award for best services in e-administration, making it the number one in Africa. The UN’s E-Government award recognizes innovation and excellence in online government services and e-content delivery. ”This prize will contribute to...

Suspected Ebola Case in Enfidha Airport Tests Negative
Farhad Hached Hospital in Sousse released Tunisia’s first suspected Ebola patient on Tuesday within hours of his admission after he tested negative for the disease, hospital staff told Tunisia Live. The now-cleared patient, a Tunisian national who had been living illegally in Italy, landed in Sousse’s Enfidha airport on Tuesday afternoo...

First Suspected Ebola Case in Tunisia Tests Response Network
Enfidha airport today confirmed the first suspected case of Ebola in Tunisia. The patient, a Tunisian national, arrived this afternoon from Italy, where he was living illegally. He has been transferred to an isolated unit in Farhad Hached hospital in Sousse, where the status of his condition will be confirmed in 48 hours. The airport...