Monday 24 July 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/17)
Tunisia's prime minister vowed on Thursday to push ahead with a war against corruption to restore trust in the state, adding this would exclude no-one whatever their political affiliation. Youssef Chahed's speech to lawmakers is part of a campaign that has gained him some plaudits among Tunisians even as he tries to push through unpopular austerity measures. Corruption was one of main catalysts of the 2011 revolt against autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali and many Tunisians complain graft is as widespread six years after their North African country emerged into democracy and free elections. During the two last months, Tunisia's government has confiscated the property and frozen bank accounts
(The Associated Press 07/20/17)
BEIJING (AP) — The foreign ministers of China and Tunisia called Wednesday for new efforts to reach a negotiated peace in Libya and prevent the unstable North African nation from dissolving into a humanitarian disaster on a level with Syria. China’s Wang Yi said Libya is attracting militants from across the globe now being driven from Iraq and Syria, requiring the international community to step in and prevent the country becoming “a new source of international terrorism.” “We should prevent Libya from becoming the next Syria,” Wang told reporters. Tunisia’s Khemaies Jhinaoui, whose country borders Libya, said a political rather than military solution is needed based on a 2015 United Nations-brokered peace deal. “Libya should realize its security, independence and...
(Xinhuanet 07/12/17)
Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui will visit China from July 17 to 21 at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Wednesday. Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing that China-Tunisia relations have enjoyed healthy and stable development since their establishment 53 years ago. China supports Tunisia's efforts of safeguarding the national stability and promoting its development, he said, adding that China stands ready to work with the country to deepen political mutual trust, enhance cooperation on various fields, and promote the continuous growth of bilateral ties. Geng said it will be Jhinaoui's first visit to China since taking office, which is significant for both countries.
(Xinhuanet 07/07/17)
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said Thursday that Tunisia will spare no effort to support the Palestinian cause and push for a two-state solution. He made the remarks at a joint press briefing with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday. Abbas arrived in Tunisia on Thursday for an official two-day visit at the invitation of the Tunisian president. Referring to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Tunisian president highlighted his country's position in favor of a two-state solution. For his part,...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(Xinhuanet 06/30/17)
Denmark, Iceland and Norway on Wednesday lifted travel restrictions against Tunisia, according to the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Sweden and Finland took similar decisions six months ago. Several European countries imposed travel bans on the North African country following the terror attacks first in March 2015 on Bardo Museum in the capital Tunis and then on one of the beaches in the eastern coastal province of Sousse in June the same year. Those attacks have killed altogether 62 people,...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/17)
Authorities in Tunisia on Wednesday announced they have frozen the assets of football club magnate and former presidential hopeful Slim Riahi on suspicions of money laundering. An investigating judge imposed the restriction on all of Riahi's shares on the stock market, bank accounts and property, said prosecution spokesman Sofiene Sliti. The announcement comes after the government launched what Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has called a "war" on graft from which he said nobody involved in corruption would emerge unscathed. Corruption...
(Xinhuanet 06/21/17)
Tunisian President of People's Representatives Assembly Mohamed Ennaceur met Tuesday with He Ping, editor-in-chief of China's Xinhua News Agency and both agreed to boost bilateral cooperation including media. Ennaceur told He Ping that Tunisia attaches great importance to developing its friendly ties with China and hopes to enhance the bilateral cooperation in all fields. Ennaceur underscored the importance of deepening the cooperation between Tunisian and Chinese media outlets in promoting the davelopment of the Tunisian-Chinese relations. He Ping said that...
(Xinhuanet 06/14/17)
Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Tuesday launched an environmental police department as part of the government's efforts to enhance environmental protection. Amid a lack of awareness to protect the environment among the general public, the North African country's rubbish woes worsened as municipalities are not dealing with the problem in advance of local elections slated for December. "Even municipalities themselves sometimes dump their waste in public spaces," Environment Minister Riadh Mouakher said. For a month, the "green police" will...
(AFP (eng) 06/07/17)
Tunisian judicial authorities on Tuesday slapped a one-month ban on radical Islamist party Hizb ut-Tahrir, notably for incitement to hatred, the prosecution said. "The activities of the party have been suspended for a month from today," said prosecution spokesman Sofiene Sliti. The decision was taken because of the party's "incitement to hatred and its calls to put in place a caliphate", said Sliti. AFP was unable to immediately reach Hizb ut-Tahrir for comment. It is the second time that the radical Islamist party has been suspended from political activity at the request of the authorities.
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/11/17)
Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi on Wednesday ordered the army to protect phosphate, gas and oil production facilities after protests aimed at disrupting output broke out in the south of the country. It is the first time troops in Tunisia will be deployed to protect industrial installations vital to Tunisia's economy. Protests, sit-ins and strikes in recent years have cost the state billions of dollars. For several weeks, about 1,000 protesters in Tatouine province, where Italy's ENI and Austria's OMV...
(AFP (eng) 05/10/17)
Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi on Wednesday criticised the surprise resignation of the country's electoral chief just months before it is due to hold its first post-revolution municipal elections. Chafik Sarsar resigned on Tuesday, implying he was no longer able to work "independently and impartially" towards holding "free and transparent elections". The president said Sarsar told him he was resigning in a phone call. "I said 'Yes, I saw it on television... You could at least have asked me beforehand',"...
(AFP (eng) 05/10/17)
President Beji Caid Essebsi said Wednesday that the army will protect the output from Tunisia's main resources from being disrupted by protests over social and labour issues. "We know this is a serious decision but it must be taken," Essebsi said in a speech in Tunis. The Tunisian government has faced growing social discontent over the economy, especially in inland regions, with protesters often staging sit-ins that block access to production sites. "Any person who wants to demonstrate can demonstrate,...
(AFP (eng) 05/09/17)
Tunisia's election chief Chafik Sarsar resigned Tuesday for being unable to work "independently and impartially" just months before the country is due to hold its first post-revolution municipal elections. "According to the oath we took" in which "we committed to work towards free and transparent elections and to carry out our duty independently and impartially... we have decided to resign," Sarsar said, announcing he, his deputy and another member of the electoral commission were quitting. "We were compelled to resign"...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/08/17)
Algeria on Sunday summoned Tunisia's ambassador in Algiers a few days after a Tunisian minister described Algeria as a communist state, state news agency APS said. The North African neighbors usually have strong security and economic ties with Algeria coordinating with Tunisia to combat Islamist militancy in the region. "Tunisia's ambassador has been received today at the ministry of foreign affairs where he has been asked to provide clarifications about remarks made by a Tunisian minister," the ministry said in a statement on APS. Tunisia's minister for local affairs made a comment that Algeria is a communist
(Xinhuanet 05/02/17)
The Tunisian government announced Sunday a partial cabinet reshuffle at the level of ministries of education and finance. According to the announcement, Slim Khalbous, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, will replace Neji Jalloul as the Minister of Education. Fadhel Abdelkafi, who was the Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, will serve as the Minister of Finance. The minister of public function and minister of religious affairs were changed in February.
(AFP (eng) 04/27/17)
Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed was booed off stage as he addressed a town hall meeting Thursday in a southeastern region rocked by protests and a general strike. Six years since a revolution ignited by grievances over joblessness, corruption and perceived marginalisation of the country's periphery, Tunisia has seen a wave of protests. Chahed and several government ministers arrived in the town of Tataouine to find a town closed down by a general strike. The market, banks and shops in...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/27/17)
Tunisia's parliament on Wednesday debated a bill that would grant amnesty to businessmen accused of corruption during the rule of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali - a bill already delayed two years by popular opposition. The bill would protect from prosecution those accused of corruption; in exchange, they would be required to return the money they extracted. Government officials see the "economic reconciliation" law as a way to inject funds into an economy still recovering after the 2011 revolt that ousted Ben Ali. But critics are calling for protests over what they call an amnesty for criminals.

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