Category: Politics

Dispute Over Prime Minister Nominee Stops Political Talks

Dispute Over Prime Minister Nominee Stops Political Talks

| 05 November 2013 | 3 Comments

Negotiations to resolve Tunisia’s political crisis ground to a halt Monday night after political leaders failed to agree on a nominee to be caretaker prime minister. The four civil society organizations hosting the talks announced an “indefinite suspension,” blaming all political parties for failing to reach a consensus. The talks officially started about a week [...]

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Tunisia’s Political Talks, Told Through Cartoons

Tunisia’s Political Talks, Told Through Cartoons

| 05 November 2013 | 2 Comments

With less restrictions on free expression post-revolution, Tunisian political cartoonists today draw their inspiration from the country’s rocky transition to democracy. The New Government In past weeks, talks between the three-party coalition government and the opposition have dominated the local media coverage. According to a roadmap for political talks sponsored by the country’s largest labor [...]

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Marzouki Extends State of Emergency Through June 2014

Marzouki Extends State of Emergency Through June 2014

| 04 November 2013 | 0 Comments

Amid continued violence and political instability, President Moncef Marzouki further extended the state of emergency declared after the 2011 revolution, which provides the government a range of special powers. Marzouki made the decision Saturday to extend the state of emergency through June 2014. This marks the 34th consecutive month the status will be in effect [...]

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Leaders Fail to Choose Prime Minister, Deadline Extended

Leaders Fail to Choose Prime Minister, Deadline Extended

| 02 November 2013 | 4 Comments

Political leaders failed to reach consensus Saturday on a candidate to lead a caretaker government, and talks will be extended two more days. Leaders of political parties met at the Ministry of Human Rights building in Bardo to decide on a candidate to serve as prime minister after the expected resignation of the current government. [...]

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Who Will be Tunisia’s New Prime Minister?

Who Will be Tunisia’s New Prime Minister?

| 01 November 2013 | 3 Comments

Under the roadmap agreement for political talks, a new government is to take over within two weeks. This government will be headed by a new prime minister who will replace Ali Laarayedh, the current holder of the post. The UGTT union says this announcement will take place on Saturday. The names of a number of [...]

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NCA Committee Nominates 36 For Elections Board

NCA Committee Nominates 36 For Elections Board

| 31 October 2013 | 2 Comments

The National Constituent Assembly elections board committee, tasked with selecting members of the body that will oversee Tunisia’s next presidential and legislative polls, finalized a list of nominees on Wednesday. The 36 nominees will now be voted on by the whole assembly in the coming days, in pace with the roadmap for continuing political talks. [...]

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Tourism, Political Talks Unimpeded by Sousse Attack

Tourism, Political Talks Unimpeded by Sousse Attack

| 30 October 2013 | 1 Comment

Tunisia’s tourist industry and political process appeared to carry on today despite a bombing in Sousse, a popular tourist destination, and a failed bombing in the nearby city of Monastir. Ghassen Ksibi, a spokesperson for the UGTT union which is mediating high-level political talks, told Tunisia Live that political dialogue continued today despite the bombing. [...]

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Prime Minister-Designate to be Announced Saturday, Union Says

Prime Minister-Designate to be Announced Saturday, Union Says

| 29 October 2013 | 1 Comment

Tunisia’s new prime minister is to be announced on Saturday, November 2 by the mediators of political talks, Houcine Abbassi, secretary-general of the UGTT union, said on national television Monday night. According to deadlines set for talks, the new prime minister, an “independent national figure,” is to be selected by parties by this coming Friday.   [...]

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Assembly Back to Work, but Tight Deadlines Loom

Assembly Back to Work, but Tight Deadlines Loom

| 28 October 2013 | 0 Comments

The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) went back work drafting the constitution and preparing for the electoral process on Saturday, with withdrawn opposition members back in the chamber for the first time since July. Although NCA members and outside observers agree that politicians are trying to finish constitutional and electoral tasks on time, they also agree [...]

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After Week of Attacks, Security Forces Protest in Downtown Tunis

After Week of Attacks, Security Forces Protest in Downtown Tunis

| 28 October 2013 | 0 Comments

Security forces hoisted an empty coffin on their shoulders as they marched up and down Habib Bourguiba Avenue in downtown Tunis on Monday morning. The symbolic funeral was both a way to honour several of their own killed in exchanges of gunfire last week and to protest what they say is a growing politicization of [...]

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