Sunday 25 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/06/13)
Tunisia's Islamist ruling party chief has said the government will not step down under pressure from the opposition, even as fresh protests were being readied Tuesday to demand just that. Rached Ghannouchi's remarks, published by La Presse newspaper, will likely deepen a crisis that has gripped the North African nation since a political assassination in February was followed by another last month. "There are excessive demands at protests for the dissolution of the elected government," Ghannouchi told La Presse. "In democratic regimes, protests don't change governments; it's under dictatorial regimes that a demonstration is able to topple a regime. "Unfortunately every time a tragedy hits us, we immediately call for the dissolution of the government and parliament," Ghannouchi added. A...
(CNN 08/06/13)
(CNN) -- Opposition protests are expected to take place in Tunisia on Tuesday following the interim prime minister's decision not to dissolve the government. Ali Larayedh on Saturday met with political party heads and leaders of the military and professional organizations. Also in attendance were representatives from several labor unions, according to TAP, Tunisia's state news agency. The meeting "aimed to deepen dialogue around the security situation in light of the terrorist operations that hit Tunisia recently," according to TAP. Two opposition groups called for Tunisian citizens to "participate massively" in a Tuesday rally in Bardo. The rally will mark the six-month anniversary of the assassination of popular opposition leader Chokri Belaid. Belaid helped lead Tunisia's Popular Front, a coalition...
(AL Jazeera 08/06/13)
Tunisia's ruling Ennahda party leader Rachid Ghannouchi has raised the prospect of a referendum as a way out of the country's political crisis, but has also warned against the opposition’s efforts to topple the government. Ghannouchi raised the prospect of a referendum on the functioning of some state institutions in an interview with the Reuters news agency on Monday.We are open to bringing opposition forces into coalition government. All options are on the table. "If they [opposition] are insistent on terminating the transitional process, we say to them, come, let's have a popular referendum," the 72-year-old leader said in the interview. "They raised their demands so high and now they're stuck in a tree." Tunisia is facing its worst political...
(Bloomberg 08/06/13)
Tunisia’s Societe Nouvelle Maison de la Ville de Tunis, which operates French supermarket chain Monoprix, plans to open 57 branches in Libya even as sporadic violence threaten to further destabilize the North African nation. The company will open a branch in November and another two in 2014, Karim Benkhir, Monoprix’s branch manager in the capital, Tripoli, said in an interview Aug. 1. While the company aims to complete the expansion plan within five years, it’s aware there is a possibility of delays, he said. SNMVT plans to expand Monoprix’s network even as armed militia, who helped depose and kill late President Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, use violence to influence political and economic decisions. Six branches are planned in Tripoli, Benkhir...
(Business Daily 08/06/13)
The top-ranking US trade official Michael Froman said on Monday that issues of "reciprocity" will be raised at a US-Africa conference next week in Ethiopia that will consider renewal of the Agoa trade initiative. The African Growth and Opportunity Act, which is due to expire in 2015, gives duty-free treatment to Kenyan textiles and many other African exports to the United States. Agoa is said to be responsible for creating thousands of jobs in the Kenyan textile industry. But as a condition to Agoa's extension beyond 2015, American negotiators may press African countries to give the same preferential treatment to US exports to Africa. Ambassador Froman made clear in a talk at the Brookings Institution in Washington that the US...
(Reuters 08/06/13)
LAGOS/SYDNEY, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Nigeria is gradually opening up to Islamic finance, a move that could bring non-interest banking to over 80 million Muslims and develop one of Africa's fastest-growing consumer and corporate banking sectors. Home to the largest Muslim population in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria is trying to establish itself as the African hub for Islamic finance, which follows religious principles such as bans on interest and gambling. In recent months, a string of regulatory initiatives have set the groundwork for products such as Islamic bonds (sukuk), insurance (takaful) and interbank lending products, although there is still only a small number of local market participants. "The potential is there but the market is negligible in Nigeria because we have...
(Voice of America 08/05/13)
TUNIS — Police shot into the air and fired teargas on Monday to break up demonstrators protesting against Tunisia's Islamist-led government in the southern town of Sidi Bouzid, birthplace of the country's 2011 revolution. Witnesses told Reuters that police opened fire after protesters tried to prevent the governor from entering the town hall. The secular opposition, which is trying to topple the government, has called for civil disobedience and the occupation of government offices. Tunisia is grappling with large pro- and anti-government protests as well as a growing security threat. Islamist militants have stepped up attacks in the past two weeks and Tunisian forces launched heavy air and artillery strikes on militant hideouts near the Algerian border. The assassination of...
(AFP (eng) 08/05/13)
Tunisia said security forces killed a "terror" suspect in a dawn raid and separately foiled a political assassination like the one that has plunged the country into crisis. The announcements came after rival protests for and against the Islamist-led coalition government, with the opposition demanding the resignation of the cabinet and the dissolution of the National Constituent Assembly. The calls have mounted since the murder nearly two weeks ago of opposition MP Mohamed Brahmi, the second anti-government politician gunned down in Tunis after Chokri Belaid was assassinated in February. Officials have said the same gun was used in both killings and pointed the blame at jihadists. On Sunday, Prime Minister Ali Larayedh announced the first arrest of a suspect in...
(CNN 08/05/13)
(CNN) -- Opposition protests are expected to take place in Tunisia on Tuesday following the interim prime minister's decision not to dissolve the government. Ali Larayedh on Saturday met with political party heads and leaders of the military and professional organizations. Also in attendance were representatives from several labor unions, according to TAP, Tunisia's state news agency. The meeting "aimed to deepen dialogue around the security situation in light of the terrorist operations that hit Tunisia recently," according to TAP. Two opposition groups called for Tunisian citizens to "participate massively" in a Tuesday rally in Bardo. The rally will mark the six-month anniversary of the assassination of popular opposition leader Chokri Belaid. Belaid helped lead Tunisia's Popular Front, a coalition...
(Tanzania Daily News 08/05/13)
A few weeks ago, when Tanzania was hosting the Ministerial Committee Organ (MCO) responsible for Defence and Security Cooperation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Bernard Member, confirmed that Tanzania is one of the top five countries of the SADC whose harbours and airports are used as conduits for drug trafficking. Speaking at this 15th MCO, which is faced with an uphill task of tackling this illicit trade, Minister Membe singled out other countries being South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Angola. The announcement just came a fortnight after two female artists from Tanzania were nabbed at the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with 150 kg of drugs, crystal methamphetamine locally known...
(Reuters 08/05/13)
WASHINGTON | Mon Aug 5, 2013 (Reuters) - The United States extended embassy closures by a week in the Middle East and Africa as a precaution on Sunday after an al Qaeda threat that U.S. lawmakers said was the most serious in years. The State Department said 19 U.S. embassies and consulates would be closed through Saturday "out of an abundance of caution" and that a number of them would have been closed anyway for most of the week due to the Eid celebration at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The United States initially closed 21 U.S. diplomatic posts for the day on Sunday. Some of those will reopen on Monday, including Kabul, Baghdad and Algiers...
(CNN 08/05/13)
African Voices is a weekly show that highlights Africa's most engaging personalities, exploring the lives and passions of people who rarely open themselves up to the camera. Follow the team on Twitter. Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) -- Inside a brightly painted Mogadishu clinic, Salim (not her real name) sits alongside her seven-year-old son, waiting for a check up. Opposite them, a health professional listens to their nightmarish ordeal. Salim recounts how she was raped and then watched, helpless, as her young son was molested. Too afraid to seek assistance, she did what she thought would help. She washed her son's wounds with hot water and salt for four excruciating days, until they were brought here, the Sister Somalia center. "There are...
(BBC News Africa 08/05/13)
Tunisian police say they have shot a suspected Islamist militant and arrested at least four others in a dawn raid in the capital, Tunis. The news comes after days of pro and anti-government protests. Opponents of the ruling Islamist Ennahda party want the government to step down after a second opposition figure was assassinated this year. But PM Ali Larayedh has rejected calls to resign and appealed for "national unity" in the face of rising extremism. His government has been facing mass street protests since the 25 July killing of left-wing MP Mohamed Brahmi, the leader of the small left-wing Popular Movement party. In February, prominent secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid was also assassinated. In addition to the social unrest,...
(CNN 08/03/13)
(CNN) -- The African Union on Friday applauded Zimbabwe for holding peaceful elections, and made no mention of rigging accusations by the main opposition candidate. However, its observers added that they noted several shortcomings. Problems included voters getting turned away, late publication of polling stations and media taking sides, the African Union observers said in a statement released Friday. Even so, the continent-wide body said, "The Mission observes generally, that from a historical perspective and in comparison to the 2008 elections, Zimbabwe has made an important transition in the conduct of its elections." Wednesday's vote pitted President Robert Mugabe against his prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai. Mugabe's party declared victory a day later even though the electoral commission has not released...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/13)
Tunisian forces launched a land and air operation Friday against Islamist militants near the Algerian border, the military said, as Tunis battled a crisis sparked by a political slaying. "A huge operation, with ground and air units, was launched at dawn to clean up the (Chaambi) mountain" area, armed forces spokesman Taoufik Rahmouni told Mosaique FM radio. He said the assault was mounted after clashes on Thursday night between soldiers and "a terrorist group", referring to fugitive Islamist militants. "We have not killed or arrested any terrorists" to date, he said, without giving a number for the hunted militants. A military source on the ground earlier told AFP "the terrorist group is surrounded" in the Mount Chaambi area where eight...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/13)
Amina Sboui, a young Tunisian activist with the topless protest group Femen, was released from jail on Thursday pending her trial for desecrating a cemetery. Sboui left the women's prison in Sousse, south of Tunis, where she has been held since May 19, and her supporters issued a photo of her making a victory sign after she was freed. "She is with her family," her lawyer Ghazi Mrabet told AFP. He said he hoped arrangements had been made to look after the 18-year-old's security, as radical Islamists have threatened Sboui in the past. Several hours earlier, the Tunisian judiciary had ordered the release of the activist ahead of her trial. Another of her lawyers, Halim Meddeb, described the court's move...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/13)
Tunisia's leaders started talks on Thursday with opposition and civil society representatives to try to defuse the country's latest political crisis, prompted by last week's murder of an opposition MP. The talks come as supporters and critics of the government continue to hold street protests every night after breaking the Ramadan fast, particularly in Bardo Square outside parliament. President Moncef Marzouki, a secular ally of the ruling Islamist Ennahda party, met leaders of the Republican Party, who are demanding "a national salvation government" led by an independent, a video released by the presidency showed. Maya Jribi, a Republican leader, said "the rescue of Tunisia lies in the formation of a national salvation government headed by an independent and consensual personality...
(AL Jazeera 08/02/13)
Interior minister announces move to increase security, days after eight Tunisian soldiers were killed along border. Algeria's army has reinforced its forces along the eastern border with Tunisia, Interior Minister Daho Ould Kablia said, days after the killing of eight Tunisian soldiers. The soldiers were found on Monday with their throats cut after being ambushed by fighters in Mount Chaambi, an area near the border with Algeria. Algeria's army "reinforced its resources and capabilities on the eastern border of the country because of the troubles that Tunisia is going through," Kablia told the national news agency APS on Thursday. Tunisian troops have intensified their hunt for an armed group in the Mount Chaambi area since the spring, after several members...
(AL Jazeera 08/02/13)
Powerful union federation gives ruling Ennahda party one week to step down, as pressure for PM to resign builds. Tunisia's powerful union federation has given the governing Ennahda party of one week to reach a deal for creating a new technocrat government. The 600,000-strong Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) issued the ultimatum on Friday and said that it would be "forced to consider" other options of the government failed to act. The union has has been trying to mediate between the moderate Islamist-led government and the secular opposition, which has demanded Ennahda's exit and the dissolution of a transitional Constituent. Assembly that is weeks away from completing the country's new draft constitution. The Ennahda party is facing mounting pressure even...
(Voice of America 08/02/13)
TUNIS — The head of Tunisia's Islamist ruling party refused on Thursday to remove the prime minister from his post, a hardening of its position toward opposition demands that the government be dissolved. Earlier this week, leaders from the ruling Ennahda party said they were willing to consider creating a new unity government to help ease the political crisis. “We are open to new agreements ... but we are holding firm to Mr. Ali Larayedh as the head of the government,” party chief Rachid Ghannouchi told the local Mosaique radio station.

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