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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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Tunisians vote for new leader in presidential election

Tunisians have been voting in a presidential election on Sunday as they choose a new leader following the death of Beji Caid Essebsi. This is the second time Tunisia is holding a free presidential election since 2011 when an uprising toppled ex-president Ben Ali. There are no overwhelming front-runners in this election though. Polling stations opened at 07:00 GMT at… Read More
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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… Read More
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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.… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More