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Tunisia: 26 candidates approved for presidential race

Tunisia’s electoral commission on Wednesday sad it has approved 26 candidates to run for president next month. Those approved include two women, the electoral commission said. 71 other applicants were rejected after the commission received 98 nomination forms. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed got his candidacy approved as he faces a major task to win the presidential race. He however refused to resign saying “Anyone who is seeking my resignation is in fact aiming to delay the elections and my resignation means the resignation of the government”. Parliamentary elections were originally…

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Tunisia: 98 candidates in race to become president

A total of 98 people including Tunisia’s prime minister have submitted their documents to run for president. The country’s electoral commission set Friday as deadline for registration of candidates. On Friday alone, 42 people registered their candidacy for the presidential election. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced on Thursday he would run for president and went ahead to submit his application. He however refused to resign saying “Anyone who is seeking my resignation is in fact aiming to delay the elections and my resignation means the resignation of the government”. Parliamentary…

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Tunisia holds state funeral for President Essebsi

Tunisia is bidding farewell to President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday with a state funeral. Essebsi died on Thursday aged 92, after suffering from an illness. He was prominent in the Tunisian political history after taking over as an elected president in 2014. Essebsi came into office following the Arab uprisings across the region which forced former Tunisian President Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali out of office in 2011 after 23 years in office. He was first drafted in as premier after Ben Ali’s fall. Essebsi in 2012 founded the secular…

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Tunisia’s 92-year old president Essebsi dies

The President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi has reportedly died aged 92, according to the presidency. He was taken back to the hospital this week for medical treatment and was admitted into intensive care. His son Hafedh Caid Essebsi had said in a statement that his father’s health had worsened and “things are not going well.” That was the third time he was being treated there in a matter of weeks. The 92-year-old until his death was the world’s oldest sitting president. Mr Essebsi has been prominent in the Tunisian…

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Zimbabwe tops Africa’s literacy rate as Malawi trails at position 28

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 BLANTYREMalawi has been ranked 28 on the literacy rate record in Africa whereas Zimbabwe has for the third consecutive time been ranked at the apex of the list, the latest list by the African Economist Magazine reveals.

Malawi is on position 28 with 62.7 percent, 30 percent behind Zimbabwe which has 90.7 percent.

Education activists in the country have attributed the downfall to lack of qualified teachers and teaching and learning resources in most of the schools in the country.

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