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Tunisia: Over 600 people arrested as protesters clash with police

– – Police in Tunisia have arrested more than 600 people as violent protesters returned to the streets for the fourth consecutive night. On Monday, thousands of the protesters gathered in the centre of the capital, Tunis, throwing stones and petrol bombs at police. The police fired tear gas and water cannon to quell the violent protests. Outside Tunis, clashes were also reported on Monday in the cities of Kasserine, Gafsa, Sousse and Monastir. The protesters are peeved over worsening economic conditions with a third of its young people being unemployed. – – The latest…

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Covid-19: Tunisia orders nationwide lockdown to prevent spread

– – Tunisia’s government has ordered a four-day nationwide lockdown effective Thursday in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi told reporters that new measures will cover extending the night curfew from 1700GMT to 0500GMT. Schools will also be closed from Wednesday until 24 January, according to the government. The country has confirmed over 160,000 cases since the pandemic started last year with more than 5,000 deaths. Confirmed infection rate in Tunisia is still pegged at over 300 new cases daily. – – To contain…

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Dozens killed after bus fell off cliff in Tunisia

Tunisian officials have said that at least 26 people were killed and 18 more injured when a bus fell off a cliff on Sunday. The bus fell into a ravine in the country’s north, while heading from Tunis to the picturesque mountain town of Ain Draham. The mountain town, near the Algerian border is well known as a popular autumn destination for tourists. The interior ministry said the bus with 43 people on board was travelling through the Ain Snoussi region at the time of the accident. Tunisia’s health ministry…

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Tunisian MP in court for ‘masturbating’ near a school

A Tunisian lawmaker is facing charges after he was caught on video masturbating near a school. Zouheir Makhlouf appeared in court on Monday over the alleged act, after a woman filmed him. A video of the MP has gone viral sparking outrage from women who have sharing their stories of sexual harassment with the hashtag #EnaZeda – or #MeToo in Tunisian dialect. Zouheir Makhlouf, won a seat in Tunisia’s October 6 general election to represent Nabeul, a coastal town 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the capital Tunis. Makhlouf belongs to…

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Tunisians elect a law professor as new president

Tunisian voters have elected a retired law professor, Kais Saied as their new president after Sunday’s presidential run-off poll. Saied is set to become Tunisia’s next president after securing over 70 percent of votes in the run-off election. He beat his only challenger in the election, media mogul Nabil Karoui, who is facing charges of money laundering and tax fraud. The electoral commission announced that Saied, 61, secured 73% of votes in the run-off election. Saied has since the announcement of his electoral victory appeared in front of jubilant supporters…

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Tunisians vote for new president in run-off poll

Tunisians started voting on Sunday for a new president in a second and final round of the country’s presidential election. Voters are choosing between a media mogul and a retired law professor to help sustain the country’s democracy. Law professor Kais Saied and detained media mogul Nabil Karoui emerged as outsiders in the first round of voting to head into the presidential run-off vote. Nabil Karoui, was only released from detention on Wednesday after spending most of the election campaign behind bars. He has been accused of corruption and is…

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Tunisians vote in legislative elections amid economic crisis

Tunisians started voting on Sunday in legislative elections weeks after voting in the first round of presidential election. A second round of voting in the presidential election will take place on October 13 and will be contested by two political outsiders – independent academic Kais Saied and jailed media mogul Nabil Karoui. Sunday’s parliamentary elections could decide whether Tunisians are gradually breaking away from established political parties or otherwise. Some 15,000 candidates running on party lists or as independents are vying for seats in the 217-seat parliament. Registered voters are…

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Former Tunisian President Ben Ali dies in exile

Tunisia’s ousted President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali has died in exile in Saudi Arabia. His family lawyer made the announcement on Thursday. Reuters quoted his family lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha saying “Ben Ali just died in Saudi Arabia.” He was outed in an uprising in 2011 forcing him to flee the country. Ben Ali has since lived abroad until his death. As a former security chief, Ben Ali ruled Tunisia for 23 years. He took power in 1987 while serving as as prime minister after declaring president-for-life Habib Bourguiba medically…

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Tunisian presidential candidate Karoui to remain in jail

One of the two candidates to reach the presidential run-off contest in Tunisia, Nabil Karoui has failed to secure his release from prison. Nabil Karoui, 56 was unable to win an appeal case against his detention. He was detained last month on charges of money laundering and tax fraud, which he denies. He came second in the first round of voting despite being kept in prison. Tunisia’s electoral commission has said that Karoui can stay in the race so long as he has not been convicted. On Wednesday, a judge…

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Tunisia: Two outsiders to contest presidential runoff poll

Tunisia’s electoral commission has confirmed that a law professor Kais Saied and detained media mogul Nabil Karoui will contest the presidential run-off vote. They are the two candidates out of the 26 that contested this month’s first round of votes who emerged top. According to the independent electoral commission Saied won 18.4% of votes and Karoui 15.6%. Abdelfattah Mourou of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party came third with 12.9%. In the first round a candidate needed a majority of votes to win the election. But since none of them won more…

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