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Tunisia imports phosphate for first time to supplement domestic need

Tunisia has for the first time ordered a shipload of phosphate to supplement the domestic need for the production of fertilizers, Webdo Tunis reports. The North African country has signed a one-year contract with neighboring Algeria for the importation of the 500,000 tons of phosphates. The first shipload, 40,000 is expected to arrive before the […]

Tunisia: Hichem Mechichi’s new government approved

The government of technocrats proposed by Hichem Mechichi, appointed head of government at the end of July to succeed Elyes Fakhfakh, was approved by 134 votes out of 217 deputies attending the Parliament session. No more party logic. The 46-year-old Prime minister, supported by the president, presented, as he put it, “a team of skills, […]

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Tunisia will never accept turning Palestinian right into simple commodity – President Kais Saied

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied Wednesday voiced solidary with Palestinians noting that his country “will never accept turning the Palestinian right into a simple commodity” in reaction to last week peace deal between Israel and the UAE. “I don’t want to talk about a Palestinian cause, it is rather a Palestinian right,” the Tunisian leader stressed […]

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Togo: Resumption of air traffic

In Togo, the international airport Gnassingbé Eyadéma of Lomé has resumed its commercial flights since Saturday. Several measures are being taken to prevent the contamination or spread of the coronavirus disease. RFI visited the site. At the entrance to the terminal on the departure level, a hand-washing facility is in place and the floor is […]

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Football: Belgian coach fired in Tanzania after racist comments

The very popular Tanzanian football club Young Africans SC announced on 27 July 2020 the immediate dismissal of its Belgian coach. Luc Eymael had compared his own supporters to “monkeys or dogs” after a draw. “I’m not a racist, far from it,” he defended himself. “These fans know nothing about football… They sound like monkeys […]

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A blogger sentenced to six months in prison for parodying a Quranic sura

A Tunisian blogger was sentenced to six months in prison on Tuesday for parodying a Quranic sura, entitled “Sura Corona”, to incite respect for barrier gestures. She was found guilty of “attacking the sacred”, “offending public morals and inciting violence” and will have to pay a fine of 2,000 dinars (650 euros). This sentence reopens […]

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Tunisia: Prime Minister resigns

Elyes Fakhfakh head of government of Tunisia resigned on July 15. Appointed to this post on 20 January, he headed the coalition government that emerged from last October’s parliamentary elections. While he was the target of a motion of censure in the Assembly, the President of the Republic had asked him to resign a few […]

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Tunisia lifts nationwide curfew as result of slowdown in covid-19 spread

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied Monday lifted nationwide curfew in place since mid-March as the country witnesses a slowdown in covid-19 contaminations. The office the president said the decision made following consultation with House Speaker, Rached Ghannouchi and head of the cabinet, Elyes Fakhfakh, takes effect June 8. Kais imposed on March 18 the curfew as […]

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Tunisia: National football team to resume training

Players of the Tunisian national football team will be able to put their cleats back on from Monday June 8, when training resumes, the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) announced in a press release. The selection was scheduled to play two matches in March against Tanzania in the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations, but […]

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AfDB grants Tunisia €180m to handle fallout from covid-19

The African Development Bank, AfDB, Wednesday approved a €180 million loan to finance Tunisia’s efforts to fight covid-19 and address economic and social impacts of the respiratory disease. The Abidjan-based bank in a statement said the credit aims at enabling Tunisia to bolster its response to the disease and alleviate the socio-economic impacts on vulnerable […]

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