Tunisia sends more than 50 migrants back to Libya

Tunisia has prevented 53 Ivorian and Sudanese citizens from illegally entering the country, according to the country’s defence ministry, info migrants reports Two groups of migrants consisting of 33 Ivorian and 20 Sudanese nationals had reportedly approached the Tunisian border by land in the southern border area of Medenine, where they were arrested by military units and subsequently sent back to Libya. The move was criticized by various NGOs, demanding that Tunisian authorities allow the migrants to enter “urgently into Tunisian territory so that they can be taken care of…

EOM in Tunis on August 23

The European Union will deploy an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the 2019 polls in Tunisia, f the EU Delegation to Tunisia said in a statement released Friday evening. “Following an invitation from the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE), the EU will deploy an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the presidential and legislative polls in Tunisia due September 15 and October 6, 2019, respectively. This decision is part of the continuation of the EU’s support policy to the democratic transition in Tunisia started since 2011,” the statement reads. High…

Conference of Heads of Diplomatic Missions

The Annual Conference of Heads of Diplomatic, Permanent and Consular Missions held Thursday in Tunis focused on Tunisia’s term as UN Security Council non-permanent member and the 18th Francophonie Summit to which Tunis will play host in 2020, said Foreign Minister Khémaies Jhinaoui. The conference is placed this year under the slogan “Tunisian diplomacy and the Forthcoming Events in light of Regional and International Challenges and Changes.” Ambassadors and consuls discussed the challenges facing Tunisia as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (2020-2021). The conference also focused on…

Early presidential election: submission of nominations begins August 2

The submission of nominations for the early presidential elections began Friday (8:00 am to 6:00 pm at ISIE Headquarters) and will continue until August 9. The date of the first round of the presidential election is set for September 15, 2019 at home and will take place on September 13, 14 and 15 abroad. According to the electoral calendar for the first round of the early presidential election, the preliminary results are expected on September 17 at the latest, while the final results should be proclaimed by the Independent High…

Tunisia’s early presidential election to be held on September 15

The early presidential election will take place on September 15, 2019, and nominations for the presidential election will be open from August 2 to 9, President of the Independent High Authority for Election (ISIE), Nabil Baffoun told reporters on Tuesday evening. Baffoun noted that the list of selected candidates will be announced no later than Wednesday, August 14. ISIE will have to announce the final list of selected candidates by August 31, 2019, as he met the press in the ISIE premises. The presidential election campaign is due to start…

Registration of presidential candidates to open on August 2

Registration for candidates bidding for the presidency will start on August 2, an Independent High Authority for the Election (ISIE) official said Sunday, as Tunisia is striving to go through democratic transition after the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi on July 25.  Essebsi, Tunisia’s first democratically elected president, died on Thursday aged 92, nearly five years after he joined the Presidency in the Carthage Palace.  Shortly after his death, parliamentary speaker Mohamed Ennaceur was sworn in as interim president for a maximum period of 90 days, during which a…

Beji Caid Essebsi, first Tunisian president elected democratically passes away

Beji Caid Essebsi played a key role in shaping Tunisia’s future after the 2010-2011 revolution President Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia’s first freely and democratically elected president in a post-revolution era, died Thursday. He had been leading the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings in the Arab world. Late Beji Caid Essebsi, who was 92, bridged two eras in Tunisian history, serving first as a senior officer in the autocratic regimes of the 1950s and playing a major role in shaping Tunisia’s future after the 2010-2011 revolution and…

Tunisian pilgrims start their journey to holy places

The Tunisian pilgrims started Tuesday evening their journey to the holy shrines. The first contingent of pilgrims includes 220 pilgrims accompanied by a medical team and a number of religious companions and guides, according to the airport flight director, who reported that flights from the airport reserved for pilgrims will continue in the coming days at the rate of one or two flights per day, the last flight to Jeddah airport, Saudi Arabia, is scheduled for August 4. Director-General of Passports, Chairman of the Honorary Committee of the “Route of…

WFP enhances National School Feeding Programme in Tunisia

The World Food Programme (WFP) provides capacity-strengthening activities aimed at enhancing the Government-run National School Feeding Programme (NSFP) that reaches 260,000 children (125,000 girls and 135,000 boys) in 2,500 primary schools, reads a report of the WFP. The budget for national school feeding doubled in 2019, reaching USD 16 million per year. USD 1.7 million were allocated by the Tunisian Government for the construction and equipment of a pilot central kitchen and development of a School Food Bank, the report said. Last June, the WFP’s five cooperating partners carried out…

Saudi Arabia gives first batch of armoured vehicles to Tunisia

The Interior Ministry received Saturday the first batch of Saudi assistance consisting of armoured vehicles, says a department statement. The assistance aims to “step up the efforts of Tunisian security units in countering terrorism and crime,” the same source said. It is also part of the privileged co-operation relations binding Tunisia and Saudi Arabia in the security field, the statement reads. TunisianMonitorOnline