Tunisia heads to runoff presidential election with Saied, Karoui

Tunisia heads to runoff presidential election with Saied, Karoui

Tunisia is headed for a runoff election between two candidates whose showing at the polls on Sunday reflects the country’s economic uncertainties and a rejection of the existing political leadership. The ISIE, Tunisia’s independent electoral commission, posted results early Wednesday confirming that law professor Kais Saied received 18.4 percent of…

Tunisia’s Essebsi honored with state funeral

Tunisia’s Essebsi honored with state funeral

Tunisians on Saturday bid farewell to President Beji Caid Essebsi, the 92-year-old leader who died Thursday at a military hospital in Tunis following years of service to the North African nation. Essebsi’s state funeral included throngs of people in the streets who came to honor him, lining the route between…

Egypt joins Algeria, Tunisia in pressing for Libyan ceasefire

On the question of Libya, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Tunisian and Algerian counterparts Wednesday to discuss the crisis, agreeing to press for a ceasefire and advance the cause of a Libyan political agreement jeopardized by the fighting in Tripoli. Shoukry, Tunisian Khemaies Jhinaoui and Algeria’s Ramtane…

Niger, Tunisia elected to UN Security Council seats

The nations of Niger and Tunisia were elected to two-year terms on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday. They join the 10-nation roster of nonpermanent members to the council, along with incoming nations Estonia, Vietnam and – in a first for the smallest country to ever hold a…

Mediterranean migrant shipwreck toll reaches 65

Some 65 people have drowned off the coast of Tunisia, after their boat sank early Friday about 83 kilometers from the shore as they attempted a Mediterranean Sea crossing. Another 16 people were rescued and brought to the coastal city of Zarzis by the Tunisian Navy, according to UNHCR, the…

Tunisian youth launch ‘gilet rouge’ movement

The protests aren’t just for yellow vests anymore. Now a Tunisian grassroots group has launched its “gilet rouge” movement, saying it’s the only way to save the nation eight years after the Tunisian Revolution of December 2010. Citing their disappointment in Tunisia’s economic situation, including high prices, unemployment and corruption,…

Tunisia’s new counterterrorism law may curb freedoms

Tunisia’s significant human rights challenges remain seven years after its uprising, says Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. His statement Thursday comes after a 10-day visit to assess progress and the impact of new legislation that, while intended…

Tunisia: Three nights of protests in uneasy Gafsa

Protesters took to the streets again Sunday night in Tunisia, where the disputed outcome of a football match has sparked three straight nights of demonstrations. The crowds in Gafsa, a troubled Tunisian crossroads city about 200 kilometers inland from Sfax, blocked streets and burned tires to protest a referee decision…