Category: Politics

Founder of Anti-Islamist Newspaper Joins Nidaa Tounes

Founder of Anti-Islamist Newspaper Joins Nidaa Tounes

| 20 February 2014 | 3 Comments

Omar S’habou, leader of the Free Destourian party and founder of the Al Maghreb newspaper, has joined the Nidaa Tounes party. This is the latest addition to Nidaa Tounes, which has welcomed several notable politicians in recent weeks. The party is expected to be a major force in elections expected later this year. S’habou dissolved [...]

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Party Supporters Expect Marzouki to Run for President

Party Supporters Expect Marzouki to Run for President

| 14 February 2014 | 5 Comments

As Tunisia begins to prepare for elections expected later this year, speculation is growing over whether President Moncef Marzouki will run again. Marzouki’s support appears to have fallen as the Congress for the Republic (CPR) party he founded has lost a number of members and is seen by critics as lacking a coherent platform. Semir [...]

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Shortlisted PM Candidate Appointed Nidaa Tounes VP

Shortlisted PM Candidate Appointed Nidaa Tounes VP

| 12 February 2014 | 0 Comments

The appointment of Mohamed Ennaceur on Sunday as vice president of the Nidaa Tounes party has garnered criticism from political opponents. Late last year, Ennaceur was considered a leading candidate to become the country’s caretaker prime minister, a non-partisan position. Now he is a leading figure in a party expected to be a major player [...]

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United States Walks Out of Tunisia Ceremony During Iran Speech

United States Walks Out of Tunisia Ceremony During Iran Speech

| 07 February 2014 | 9 Comments

The United States delegation walked out of Friday’s ceremony celebrating Tunisia’s new constitution during remarks by Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani. Larijani referred to Israel as a “cancer” in the speech and accused it and the United States of working against the Arab Spring revolutions, according to Reuters. The U.S. Embassy in Tunis released a [...]

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‘Dictators’ Flock to Constitution Ceremony, Observers Say

‘Dictators’ Flock to Constitution Ceremony, Observers Say

| 07 February 2014 | 1 Comment

As international dignitaries arrived in Tunisia Friday for a ceremony celebrating the country’s new constitution, some observers were upset by the presence of multiple countries considered undemocratic or oppressive toward their citizens. Representatives from regimes with ongoing human rights concerns were also present at the ceremony, which a number of Tunisian netizens dubbed the “party [...]

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World Leaders in Tunis to Celebrate New Constitution

World Leaders in Tunis to Celebrate New Constitution

| 07 February 2014 | 2 Comments

Many world leaders gathered in Tunisia Friday to celebrate the January 26 adoption of the country’s new constitution. French President Francois Hollande headlined the roster of speakers at the National Constituent Assembly building in Bardo. Other heads of state attended, including the presidents of Senegal and Mauritania, as did a number of heads of parliament [...]

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Tunisia Marks One Year Since Chokri Belaid Assassination

Tunisia Marks One Year Since Chokri Belaid Assassination

| 06 February 2014 | 1 Comment

Safa Ben Said and Asma Smadhi contributed reporting. Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of Chokri Belaid, the opposition politician gunned down in front of his home on February 6, 2013. Supporters and relatives gathered near his family’s former apartment in the Menzah 6 neighborhood in Tunis this morning to commemorate his death. [...]

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Widows of Chokri Belaid, Mohamed Brahmi Say Killing Gadhgadhi Not Enough

Widows of Chokri Belaid, Mohamed Brahmi Say Killing Gadhgadhi Not Enough

| 05 February 2014 | 2 Comments

The government’s announcement that it has killed a chief suspect in the assassinations of two opposition politicians last year has done little to appease their widows. Gunfire exchange in Raoued, a northern suburb of Tunis, resulted in the death of a national guard officer and seven gunmen Tuesday. Among the dead is Kamel Gadhgadhi, a [...]

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Electoral Law Next Step for Tunisian Assembly

Electoral Law Next Step for Tunisian Assembly

| 05 February 2014 | 0 Comments

The general legislative committee of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) will meet on Thursday over Tunisia’s new electoral law, according to committee members. The law is the next step in the transitional period, expected to schedule poll dates, set out rules for campaign finance, determine the timing and order of presidential and parliamentary elections, and [...]

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‘Jomaa Meter’ to Track Performance of New Government

‘Jomaa Meter’ to Track Performance of New Government

| 03 February 2014 | 1 Comment

Tunisian anti-corruption watchdog I Watch has launched the Jomaa Meter, an initiative aimed at tracking the performance of the newly appointed government of Mehdi Jomaa. The meter lists 29 “promises” made by Jomaa, including organizing free and fair elections, issuing a complementary budget law, guaranteeing the neutrality of public administration, and job creation. The meter classifies [...]

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