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Ennahdha Threaten Legal Action Over Leadership Links in Panama Papers
The leader of Tunisia’s largest political party, Ennahdha has said that he is preparing to sue the online news site, Inkyfada after his name was linked to leaked documents contained within the Panama Papers. Ennahdha leader, Rached Ghannouchi has accused the site of including his name within a leak relating to the owners of the...

Delays in Compensation Payments to Political Prisoners Leads to Protest
Ennahda have called upon the Head of Government, Habib Essid to speed up the award of compensation for those deprived of their rights under the autocracies of Presidents Ben Ali and Bourguiba. Awards of compensation were initially agreed following protests in 2013 and were designed to benefit political prisoners released from jail under the post-re...

Thirty-one Deputies resign as Nidaa Tounes loses majority
The thirty-one Nidaa Tounes deputies, who had previously suspended their membership, resigned from the parliamentary party yesterday, granting a majority to the moderate Islamist party, Ennahda. However, while the mass defection will damage the President’s party, as well as the political fortunes of his son, Hafedh Essebsi, they pose little i...

Ennahdha MPs Defend Party Decision to Join New Government
The confidence vote held in the parliament on Wednesday and Thursday witnessed some heated discussions over PM Habib Essid’s cabinet nominations. Ennahdha MPs explained why they voted for the new government despite a relatively weak representation. Initially absent from the first proposed government, Ennahdha was then given four positions in the ...

Political Parties React to Habib Essid Government
The new government announced by PM-Designate Habib Essid on Friday was greeted with various reactions from across the political spectrum, with many declaring that they will vote against it. The initial date of confidence vote on the new government was set for Tuesday, January 27, but has been postponed to an unknown date due to the vocal...

Hamma Hammami: Vote Essebsi or Vote Blank
Hamma Hammami, leader of Popular Front declared on Tuesday his party’s position for the second round of presidential candidates in an interview with radio station Mosaique FM. Hammami reiterated his party’s disagreement with Marzouki, calling for Popular Front supporters either to vote for Essebsi or vote blank. Hammami told Mosaique that his c...

Runoff Campaign Week One: Resignations and Accusations
It’ only one week into the second round of presidential campaigning and the tensions between Marzouki and Essebsi continue to mount. The rhetoric used by both candidates has already landed Marzouki in hot water with the Higher Independent Authority for Elections (French: ISIE). The political landscape has seen some recent changes as the leftist P...

Tunisia’s New Assembly Elects Its Speaker and Deputies
Mohamed Ennaceur, candidate for Nidaa Tounes, has been elected as speaker of the newly elected Tunisian parliament, the Assembly of People’s Representatives. Nasri, who ran alone for the position, was elected with 176 votes. Ennaceur is the vice president of Nidaa Tounes, a veteran politician from the Bourguiba years, who served as Minister of So...

Parties Nominate Assembly Speaker
The first session of the Assembly of People’s Representatives held on Tuesday will remain open until Thursday when the Assembly speaker is elected. The session has been extended in order to reach an agreement on the position of the speaker. Parties with a large number of seats such as Ennahdha and Nidaa Tounes have already...

Interviews: Final Plenary Session of the National Constituent Assembly
Mustapha Ben Jaafar, speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), addressed the his fellow legislators on Thursday during the Assembly’s final plenary session. He opened with, “We meet today for the last time as members of the NCA to finish our activities…”. The NCA leaves a legacy of important milestones in Tunisia’s post-revo...