Farewell si Mohamed

Mohamed Bel Hajj Omar passed away on Monday January 30 at the age of 82. His life story depicts a long trip in political matters and in a career as Tunisia’s President of the Engineers’ Order, among the rare engineers worldwide, specialized in water resources. Si Mohamed devoted his life to the cause of democracy and freedom and to Arab issues, especially the Palestinian cause. Mohamed Bel Hajj Omar had been a Political prisoner under the regime of Bourguiba, following the famous lawsuit against the Popular Unity Movement. As a…

Tunisia not included in Trump’s travel ban order, says US official

A US official said Saturday an order temporarily barring travelers from some Muslim-majority countries does not include countries such as Tunisia, Oman, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey, Reuters reported. The new Republican president on Friday put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travellers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries. He said the moves would protect Americans from terrorism, in a swift and stern delivery on a campaign promise. The ban affects travelers with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and…

Ghannouchi: “Bouteflika asked me to play role of mediation with the Islamists Libyans”

President of the Tunisian Ennahdha movement Rached Ghannouchi revealed in an interview published Saturday by Algerian Arabic news website Al-khabar, that a meeting between, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt is expected to be held soon in Tunisia to pave the way, if all goes well as hoped and expected, to a summit in Algeria between the three presidents, Bouteflika , Eessebsi and Al-Sissi  to find a regional solution for the current crisis Libya is going through. He also revealed that president Bouteflika asked him to make efforts in this regard especially…

Whistleblowers feted in Tunisia call for more protection

Efforts by Tunisian whistleblowers to reveal unjust and illegal activities related to corruption do not go unnoticed. On Friday, ten whistleblowers were awarded in a colourful ceremony in the capital Tunis amid calls for more protection. Nine years ago, Tunisia ratified a UN Convention Against Corruption which encourages countries to incorporate appropriate measures into their domestic legal system to provide protection against any unjustified treatment of those who expose corruption. In January 2014, legislators in the country adopted a new constitution which has been hailed for its progressive nature. However,…

Jarrafa: Tunisian side of Ras Ajdair border drains Libya of veggies, fuel, and goods

The chief of the Ras Ajdair border checkpoint on the Libyan side, Mohammed Jarrafa, said the crossing is seeing a growing transportation of Libya’s goods, fuel and vegetables by whom he called the salves of dinar in Tunisia and Libya amid the Libyan authorities’ inaction. On Saturday, Jaraffa told the press that the prices of vegetables in Libya have soared after they have all been taken to Tunisia once the movement returned to normal on the border in the last few days. “The real revolutionaries must go to the Ras…

Human rights & counter-terrorism: UN expert announces follow-up mission to Tunisia

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, will carry out an official visit to Tunisia from 30 January to 3 February to assess progress achieved by the country in the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism since the visits of his predecessor Martin Scheinin, in 2010 and 2011. “I will discuss and asses the implementation of a new 2015 Organic Law on the fight against terrorism and money laundering, and the new 2016 National strategy against extremism and counter…

EU extends freeze on assets of 48 persons in Tunisia

European Union economic and finance ministers meeting Friday In Brussels decided to extend until 31st of January 2018 a freeze on assets of 48 persons deemed to be responsible for misappropriation of State funds in Tunisia and those persons and entities associated with them. The sanctions were initially introduced by the EU on 31st of January 2011, targeting former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, his wife and 46 other persons. The EU considers that the misappropriation of State funds is depriving the Tunisian people of benefits of sustainable development…

Tunisia’s powerful UGTT union elects new leader

– Tunisia’s UGTT labour union, which played a role in the 2011 uprising that toppled the country’s longtime dictator and its post-revolt transition, on Thursday elected a new leader. Noureddine Taboubi replaces Houcine Abbassi, who took office in 2011 just months after the ouster of strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. His election caps the annual congress of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Tunisian General Labour Union. More than 550 delegates cast ballots in the vote which also elected a 13-member executive bureau — all from Taboubi’s list — and which…

Tunisia: 4C Discovery Days to be launched in fifteen universities on February 1

A national information and awareness-raising tour on the creation of 4C (Career and Certification Competence Centers) in academic institutions will start on February 1 at the City of Sciences in Tunis. These 4C Discovery Days will take place in 15 regions during the months of February and March and will be aimed at students, teachers and socio-economic actors in each region. At a press briefing held on Thursday in Tunis to announce the launch of the tour, Amira Guermazi, advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, pointed…

Tunisia aims to cut 50,000 public sector jobs in reforms starting this year – minister

  Tunisia plans a voluntary lay-off programme for more than 50,000 public sector employees starting this year in a major reform to reduce high government spending, a minister told Reuters on Thursday. Minister of Public Functions Abid Briki said this key reform will start this year but did not give details on how long the reform would take. Reforms to the public sector workforce are politically sensitive in Tunisia.PUBLICITÉ invented by Teads At 13.5 percent of GDP, Tunisia’s public sector wage bill is proportionately one of the highest in the…