Tunisia hails China’s efforts to cultivate young ICT talents

Tunisian Minister of Communications Technology and Digital Economy Mouhamed Anouar Maarouf on Friday hailed China’s efforts to support Tunisia in cultivating information and communications technology (ICT) talents. The official’s remarks came during a ceremony held in Tunis, capital of Tunisia that witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the ministry and Huawei, a Chinese electronics giant. For the next three years, ten university students from Tunisia will receive ICT intensive training of Huawei-funded digital skills development program in China each year. “This program is important because it targets…

Tunisian National Guard Foils attack near border with Algeria

The Tunisian National Guards foiled an attempted attack against a national guards border post near its frontier with Algeria, the interior ministry said in a statement Thursday. “The National Guards in the province of Kasserine, 600 metres from the Tunisian-Algerian border, have thwarted a terrorist attack by six to eight militants divided into two groups,” the ministry said, adding that the National Guard soldiers fired at the two groups forcing them to withdraw and flee towards a forest near the border. According to the statement, the National Guards in Kasserine…

Morocco to Develop Cooperation with Tunisia

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita underlined the need to develop cooperation mechanisms between Morocco and Tunisia, on Tuesday while in Tunis. Speaking at a press conference following his talks with his Tunisian counterpart, Khémaies Jhinaoui, Bourita said that the two countries are driven by a strong desire to enhance their relationship. Bourita, who voiced Morocco’s support for Tunisia’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council in the years 2020-2021, said that political dialogue should not be limited to bilateral issues only, but must include coordination…

Croatia refuses to extradite Bosnian sought for murder by Tunisia

Croatia’s Supreme Court denied on Monday the extradition of a Bosnian citizen sought by Tunisia over his alleged involvement in the murder of a Tunisian who Palestinian group Hamas said was one of its members. The court said that Tunisia had not provided guarantees that the arrested Bosnian, if handed over, would not be exposed to a possible death penalty. “There is no doubt that the suspect is charged with one of the worst crimes, but when there is a risk of a conviction with the death penalty the extradition…

Tunisia court begins first human rights trial against former officials

Fourteen former officials, including former president, go on trial in first court case by Truth and Dignity Commission A Tunisian commission probing human rights violations stretching back 61 years brought its first case to court on Tuesday, with former President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and 13 other ex-officials on trial. The Truth and Dignity Commission was set up in 2014 following the toppling of Ben Ali in 2011 that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings. It is mandated to investigate human rights violations between Habib Bourguiba’s accession to the presidency in…

Tunisian coalition fails to agree on economic reforms, cabinet reshuffle

Tunisia’s coalition government fails to agree on a new economic plan and a cabinet reshuffle, as the IMF prepares to review the country’s next loan tranche. Tunisia’s ruling coalition has failed to agree on a new economic reform plan and a cabinet reshuffle, officials said on Monday, in a new political setback as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) prepares to review the next loan tranche. The North African country has been hailed as the Arab Spring’s only democratic success because protests toppled autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011…

Disillusioned with the EU? – What Can Be Done to Support Tunisia

any Tunisians are disillusioned with the European Union. Tunisia being the only North African nation to have embarked on the road of transition towards democracy, the EU needs to be engaged with Tunisians on top of pursuing fairer trading relations. Tunisia has reached many milestones, such as drafting a new constitution, free parliamentary elections, pluralism of political parties and political freedoms, but many other works remain in progress. One of the most critical endeavors that the country still needs to go through is to devolve power from the highly centralized…

Tunisia participates Friday in Istanbul in extraordinary Islamic Summit on Palestine

Tunisia participates Friday in Istanbul in the extraordinary Islamic Summit on Palestine. President Beji Caid Essebsi on Thursday morning entrusted Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khemaïes Jhinaoui with representing Tunisia at the Summit convened by Turkey to examine dangerous developments in the Palestinian territories. According to a statement released Thursday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the summit will focus on the dangerous escalation that accompanied the transfer of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Al-Quds, which resulted in dozens of martyrs and hundreds of wounded. The latest developments in…

Joint Statement on 14th session of Tunisia-EU Association Council

The 14th session of the Tunisia-European Union (EU) Association Council held on Tuesday in Brussels was sanctioned by a Joint Declaration published on the Council of Europe website. This session was co-chaired by Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini. The European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn also took part in the work of this session. According to the Joint statement, this session provided an update on common objectives…

Tunisia’s Municipal Elections : “Credible” vote despite some irregularities, according to European observers

For the first free legislative elections in the history of Tunisia that took place in 2014, the European Union dispatched an important observation mission. Also invited by the Independent Higher Electoral Commission (ISIE), a rather modest observation mission of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe were deployed for the Tunisian municipal elections on May 6, 2018. The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) deployed 124 observers. They visited a total of 537 polling stations of 221 municipalities out of the country’s 300. A “significant…