Presidential elections: Saied and Karoui frontrunners after 71% of votes

With reaching 71% of the vote count in the early presidential election in all constituencies, the results confirmed that independent candidate Kais Saied still leads with 456,388 votes, or 18.8% of the vote, according to results revealed by the Independent High Electoral Authority (ISIE) and published in the Tunis Convention Centre that hosts the media centre around 7:30 p.m on Monday. Nabil Karoui (from Heart of Tunisia party) is in second place with 15%, followed by Abdelfattah Mourou (Ennahdha, 13.0%), Abdelkarim Zbidi (independent, 10.3%), Youssef Chahed (Tahya Tounes 7.4%) and…

Tunisians vote Sunday in the early presidential elections

Tunisians go to polling stations on Sunday for the early presidential elections. Some 7.88 million registered voters, 49% of them women, are expected to vote in polling stations in the early elections following the death of President Béji Caïd Essebsi. 33% of eligible voters are young people between the ages of 18 and 35. 13,000 civil society observers will monitor the election, including 450 foreigners. The Independent High Electoral Authority (ISIE) also granted more than 80,000 accreditations to representatives of political parties. 1,800 journalists, including 300 foreign journalists, cover the…

2019 Presidential Polls: Election campaign ends Friday at midnight

Launched on September 2, the election campaign for the early presidential election ends Friday at midnight. Saturday, September 14, is an election day of silence, while Tunisians are invited to vote one day later. In this election by universal suffrage, the President must obtain an absolute majority of votes to be elected in the first round. Otherwise, the two candidates with the highest number of votes will be opposed in a second round, the date of which is not known. Abroad, voting for the presidential election began on Thursday at…

Tunisia wins UNWTO’s Tourism Video Competition for Africa

Tunisia won the Tourism Video Competition for Africa at the 23rd session of the UNWTO General Assembly held from September 9 to 13 in St. Petersburg, Russia, data published by the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts revealed. Winners from other regions include Mexico for the Americas, India for South Asia and the Pacific, Greece and Portugal for Europe and Egypt for the Middle East. Tunisia, on Tuesday, won a seat in the Executive Council of UNWTO for four years. TunisianMonitorOnline

Seat for Tunisia in UNWTO Executive Council

A seat has been officially awarded to Tunisia on Tuesday by the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) for four years, at the 23rd session of the UNWTO General Assembly held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, on September 9-13. Six countries including Tunisia will represent the African Continent until 2023, out of the 11 African candidate countries, This seat will help Tunisia participate in the decision-making and development of the future strategies of the organisation, which will allow it to promote national tourism. The 23rd session of the UNWTO General…

EU to send 100 observers to monitor legislative, presidential elections in Tunisia

The European Union will send 100 observers for September early presidential elections and October parliamentary polls in Tunisia at the request of the government and the Independent High Authority for the Election (ISIE). The observers will monitor the electoral process, campaigns, the voting process and will make recommendations for the following election, Marie-Violette César, Deputy Chief of the EU mission in Tunisia in charge of the legislative and presidential election told media on Wednesday. 38 of the observers’ team are already in Tunisia and 28 of those present arrived Monday…

China Campus 2019 exhibition held to attract more Tunisian students

The exhibition of “China Campus 2019” was held on Tuesday with the participation of 31 Chinese universities. It was jointly hosted by China Scholarship Council (CSC), the Chinese embassy in Tunis and Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. CSC Vice Secretary-General Wang Shenggang said that the Chinese delegation came to Tunisia to introduce China’s higher education and attract more Tunisian youth to study in China. He said that in 2018 more than 660,000 Chinese students went abroad to study, while about 490,000 foreign students came to China to…

16th South-South cooperation conference opens in Tunis

The 16th International Ministerial Conference on South-South Cooperation on Population and Development was inaugurated Tuesday in Tunis. The conference aimed to discuss developing national leadership that can facilitate youths and adolescents’ access to sexual and reproductive health. It also provides the opportunity to enhance the experience on family planning and medical and psychological services to migrants. The two-day event was held at the initiative of the National Office of Family and Population, Partners in Population and Development and United Nations Population Fund. Interim Minister of Health Sonia Ben Sheikh said…

Presidential election campaigns start

The campaigns for the presidential election scheduled on Sept. 15 started Monday on the Tunisian territory and will continue until September 13. The election campaign abroad began from August 31 to September 11. The Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) announced  Saturday a list of 26 candidates running for the presidential election. According to the ISIE, the total number of voters registered in the presidential and legislative elections reached 7.2 million. As for the presidential election abroad, which will take place on September 13, 14 and 15, the ISIE has…

Saudi Arabia ranks first in hiring Tunisian skills

The Tunisian Technical Cooperation Agency (ATCT) said in a report that the Tunisian skills recruited registered an 18% increase with an overall number of the skills hired of 1,337 against 1,125 during the same period of the previous year. Saudi Arabia ranked first which exceeded the European Union and the Arab eastern countries. The education sector occupied the largest share in terms of recruitments, with the hiring of 476 educational executives, equivalent to 36% of the total recruitment, followed by the health sector with 310 recruited and engineering with 176…