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Tunisia: Interim finance minister steps down

Interim finance minister Fadhel Abdelkefi Friday handed over his resignation from cabinet citing a conflict of interests case in which he has been indicted and handed a suspended prison sentence. The care-taking minister, who is also minister of development investment and international cooperation, took the position in April following the sacking of Lamia Zribi by […]

Tunisia passes landmark law to end all violence against women

Lawmakers in Tunisia on Wednesday passed a bill to “end all violence against women” and provide help for victims, local media reports. “It’s a very moving moment and we are proud in Tunisia to have been able to gather around a historical project,” said women’s minister Naziha Laabidi. The new law, which is expected to […]

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Tunisia: Two German tourists stabbed in Nabeul resort town

Two German tourists, a mother and her daughter, were injured in a stabbing attack in the town of Nabeul, the Tunisian interior and tourism ministries said in a statement Friday. “A father, a mother and their daughter went from Hammamet to Nabeul for a tour. A 37-year old man stabbed them. The father is doing […]

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Tunisia: Cabinet fires state-run television boss

The Tunisian government Friday fired the head of the state-run television for delay in Thursday evening news hour. The decision, which surprised the country’s media regulatory body, HAICA, was made after Thursday evening news scheduled for 7pm local time instead of habitual 8pm during the holy month of Ramadan, were presented one hour and half […]

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Tunisia: State of emergency extended for four months

Tunisian President has extended for additional four months the state of emergency in place since November 2015 following a suicide attack against presidential guards, the president office announced Wednesday. “President Beji Caid Essebsi decided on Wednesday to extend the state of emergency for four months starting from Thursday, 15 June,” his office said on Facebook. […]

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Germany pushes for private investment in Africa

The German government is moving to boost private investment in Africa, Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, told reporters in Washington during the Global Infrastructure Forum. According to Schaeuble, the move is meant to avoid a destructive rise in populism and the gap between the rich and poor. “If we do nothing to change this, we can […]

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Tunisia: Economy expected to recover in 2017 – PM

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Sunday indicated that the economy will start to regain growth in 2017 as the North African Nation revived its tourism industry and state phosphate production. Six years after an uprising that ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, economic growth in Tunisia remains below the long-term average. “The tourism […]

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UN expert urges lenders to act as Tunisia seeks foreign investment

A UN independent expert on foreign debt and human rights on Wednesday encouraged international lenders to lend additional support to Tunisia, which is struggling to revamp its ailing economy. Tunisia has been lauded as the sole political success story of the Arab Spring for its democratic transition, but the North African country has made slow […]

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Tunisia: Ben Ali and wife handed fresh sentences

Ousted Tunisian First Lady Leila Ben Ali and her husband convicted in absentia several times for stealing millions in cash and jewellery belonging to state; have been handed a new 10-year prison sentence for corruption. The couple was found guilty earlier this week by a court in Tunis in a case involving “administrative and financial […]

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Tunisia: UN Slams Violation of Inmates’ Rights

The United Nations has called on Tunisian authorities to improve prison conditions in the country after UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson, visited the country. Ben Emmerson has sounded the alarm about the conditions of inmates, particularly at Monarguia prison, leconomiste.com, reports. […]

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