Category: Politics

NCA Approves Judicial Body, Looks Ahead to Electoral Law

NCA Approves Judicial Body, Looks Ahead to Electoral Law

| 16 April 2014 | 1 Comment

The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) adopted a law late Tuesday establishing a temporarily judicial body that will determine the constitutionality of new laws. The six-member judicial commission is provided for in the country’s new constitution, but the assembly was required to pass a law formally creating it. It will operated until replaced by a new [...]

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Members ‘Freeze’ NCA Participation Over Reduced Sentences for Ben Ali Officials

Members ‘Freeze’ NCA Participation Over Reduced Sentences for Ben Ali Officials

| 15 April 2014 | 0 Comments

A dozen members of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) have reportedly “frozen” their participation in the body over reduced sentences given to former officials of the Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali government. The members feel the new sentences are too lenient. Samia Abbou, an NCA member from the CPR, froze her membership to the assembly yesterday, [...]

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UGTT Union Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

UGTT Union Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

| 14 April 2014 | 1 Comment

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has accepted the nomination of the UGTT labor union for its peace award, according to the union. The union was nominated by the presidents of four major Tunisian universities a few days after the adoption of the Tunisian constitution on January 2014, according to Huffington Post Maghreb. The UGTT was one [...]

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Polls Split on Ennahdha, Nidaa Tounes Support

Polls Split on Ennahdha, Nidaa Tounes Support

| 08 April 2014 | 2 Comments

Two polls released this week give conflicting insights into who Tunisians are planning to vote for in elections expected later this year. The 3C Etudes polling firm shows the Islamist Ennahdha party leading, with 31.6 percent of respondents saying they will support the party, according to results reported by radio station Mosaique FM. The competing [...]

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Legal Commission To Be Established, Delaying Electoral Law

Legal Commission To Be Established, Delaying Electoral Law

| 27 March 2014 | 1 Comment

On Thursday, the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) began debate on the creation of a commission to assess the constitutionality of new legislation. The adoption of other key legislation, including a long-awaited electoral law, will be delayed until this commission is established. The temporary commission will operate until a permanent constitutional court can be established, according [...]

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Tunisian Activists Urge Government to Support Nuclear Weapons Ban

Tunisian Activists Urge Government to Support Nuclear Weapons Ban

| 27 March 2014 | 0 Comments

As Tunisia’s new constitution and new government have raised its international profile, a group of anti-nuclear weapons activists are calling on the country to initiate and support negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Fifteen Tunisian campaigners are currently working with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an international civil society coalition [...]

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Hamadi Jebali Resigns from Ennahdha Leadership, Fueling Presidency Speculation

Hamadi Jebali Resigns from Ennahdha Leadership, Fueling Presidency Speculation

| 24 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Former Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali has formally submitted his resignation as secretary general of the Ennahdha party, raising questions about his political future. Jebali remains a member of the Islamist party, which led Tunisia’s coalition government from October 2011 to January 2013. It remains the largest party in the country’s National Constituent Assembly, despite ceding [...]

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Public Financing for Elections Approved in Draft Electoral Law

Public Financing for Elections Approved in Draft Electoral Law

| 18 March 2014 | 0 Comments

The general legislative committee of the National Constituent Assembly on Monday approved articles in the anticipated electoral law that would set restrictions on public financing meant to reduce the number of parties running for office. Article 116 of the bill gives half of an unspecified amount of public funds to a political party before elections, [...]

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Leader Says Ennahdha to Steer Clear of Presidential Race

Leader Says Ennahdha to Steer Clear of Presidential Race

| 27 February 2014 | 3 Comments

Ennahdha party leader Rached Ghannouchi said that he does not expect his party to field a candidate in the upcoming elections, according to an account of his remarks made Wednesday in the United States. “I do not expect Ennahdha to present a candidate for presidential elections,” the Islamist leader said, according to Radio Sawa. Yusra [...]

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Marzouki: Tunisia Was ‘Not Ready Mentally or Militarily’ for Security Threats

Marzouki: Tunisia Was ‘Not Ready Mentally or Militarily’ for Security Threats

| 24 February 2014 | 2 Comments

In an interview with the Wataniya state television station Sunday, President Moncef Marzouki evaluated the country’s security situation and the state’s mistakes in addressing the increase in militancy since the 2011 revolution. “In 2011 there was a misjudgment of terrorism,” Marzouki said, adding that many were responsible including himself. “We were not ready mentally or [...]

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