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President Beji Caid Essebsi turns 90
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi turns 90 today, distinguishing him as the world’s third oldest living head of state, behind Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. A lawyer by trade, Essebsi boasts a unique political career that stretches back decades. In the earliest years of Tunisia’s independence, Essebsi esta...

US Presidential Elections 2016: The View From Tunis
With the US elections in full flow, Tunisia Live took to the street to ask a random sample of Tunisians what they thought of the two candidates for ‘the most powerful job in the world.’ Things turned out largely as you’d expect…....

Essebsi Sparks Outrage With Plane Video
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has been accused of having his head in the clouds following the release of a bizarre video showing the president and pals living the high life on a government jet. The out-of-touch publicity stunt, which is reminisecnt of former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, comes just hours after an opinion...

Election Watchdog: ISIE New Decision Damages Election Transparency
Election watchdog organizations are complaining about the latest decision by the Higher Independent Authority for Election (French ISIE) that prevents observers from staying in polling station yards. Twenty-seven thousand observers were present in polling stations today, but most faced some difficulty and were stopped by the director of the polling...

Assembly Disagrees Over Distribution of Powers, Presidential Age Limits
Disputes Sunday over the balance of power between the president and prime minister and over age requirements for presidential candidates interrupted the National Constituent Assembly's (NCA) progress in adopting articles in the new constitution. Article 90, which tasks the prime minister with setting the general policy of the state,â...

Tunisians Weigh in on a Second Term for Obama
Election projections in the United States indicate that Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama has likely secured a second term in office, scoring a victory over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The most recent statistics from American news outlet CNN project that Obama scored at least the 270 electoral votes necessary to win reelection....

Growing Concern Regarding Fate of Tunisian Diaspora in Syria
Following the release of a statement by the Tunisian Office of the President – condemning the Syrian regime and announcing plans to expel the Syrian ambassador to Tunisia – several political parties voiced concern over the security of Tunisian nationals residing in Syria. Since the release of the statement on Saturday the fear of retali...

Unprecedented Live Interview in the Presidential Palace with Tunisia’s New President
On Wednesday evening, December the 14th, Moncef Marzouki, Tunisia’s new president, welcomed two journalists from the National Tunisian TV channel to conduct an interview which lasted nearly an hour. With his recognizably frisky, affectionate, high-spirited, and sometimes amusing demeanor, Marzouki issued a number of promising mess...

Bylaws Adopted, President to be Elected on Monday
Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly ended a five day marathon session on Saturday. The session concluded with adoption of the procedural bylaws. After the adoption of the last article, the members of the constituent assembly congratulated themselves on the success of their first democratic debate. The national anthem was sung at the end of the ...

Divisions Growing Among Tunisians
Protests continue in front of the Constitutional Assembly in Bardo. Religious, Secular, unemployed, and civil society are all flooding in Bardo. While the elected representatives are negotiating inside the government building, demonstrators are chanting, holding banners, chatting, and some even brought tents and mattresses and are moving in front o...