Tunisian, Algerian FMs commend solid relations binding both countries

According to Algerian Annahar News TV, Minister of State, Minister of  Foreign Affairs and International cooperation Ramtane lammara talked Saturday with his Tunisian counterpart Khemais Jhinaoui, on the sidelines of the International Meeting for Peace in the Middle East in Paris. Annahar News TV underlined that Algerian Minister stressed that relations between Tunisia and Algeria are solid and based on mutual trust. Besides, the two countries coordinate their efforts within the framework of their relations with the neighbouring countries to find a peaceful solution to Libya. The meeting was an…

Tragedy of the State of independence in Tunisia…

The first documentary on the coup attempt in 1962 “Tragedy of the state of independence in Tunisia” is the milestone title of a documentary film about the military coup attempt on the rule of President Habib Bourguiba in 1962. A documentary considered by its initiators as exceptional in the way of conceiving the event through a balanced reading away from the spirit of hatred, revenge and mistrust. The documentary film is exceptional in terms of the testimonies and the written and audio-visual archive sources presented for the first time. The film,…

Riots erupt in Tunisia on anniversary of revolution

Hundreds of protesters demanding jobs clashed with police in several Tunisian towns on Saturday, blocking the route of visiting President Beji Caid Essebsi in one region, on the sixth anniversary of the country’s revolution. Local residents said protests that erupted in the southern town of Ben Guerdane had spread over the weekend to several other areas such as Sidi Bouzid, Meknassi and Gafsa, where Essebsi visited to mark the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Six years after that revolt, Tunisia is hailed as a model…

Six Tunisian opposition parties to form ‘Salvation Front’

Six Tunisian opposition parties on Friday unveiled a unified “Salvation Front” established with the aim of pressuring the government to find viable solutions to the country’s myriad problems. “The Salvation Front  is gathering the parties of the Free Patriotic Union (UPL), Machrou Tounes, the patriotic and democratic work, Al-Ichtiraki (socialist) and Thaouabet party in addition to the Nidaa Tounes steering committee members. At a press briefing held at the UPL headquarters on Thursday evening at the end of a consultation meeting, Socialist Party President Mohamed Kilani explained that the name…

Flashback: Tunisia’s revolution at 5

Tunisia continues to defy categorisation. This small North African country with perhaps Africa’s best-educated population (around 10m), has been the continent’s economic star for decades. It was also the byword for stability in a notoriously unstable continent. Zine El Abedine Ben Ali ruled with an iron fist but he delivered growth, education and a sophisticated, modern country that functioned. Many countries, not only in Africa but in the rest of the developing world, have authoritarian, dictatorial rule without anywhere near the level of development of Tunisia. Quite a few, pointing…

Ras Jedir: Tunisian-Libyan agreement on resumption of movement of goods in coming days

A meeting held between two Tunisian and Libyan delegations on Friday in Ras Jedir led to an agreement on the gradual resumption of the movement of goods through the Ras Jedir border crossing during the next three or four days, pending an inter-Libyan meeting Saturday, January 14, 2017, governor of Medenine, Taher Matmati told TAP. The governor showed optimism about the resumption of activity at the Ras Jedir crossing point, saying it should favour the continuation of negotiations on regulatory formalities with the Libyan Government of National Accord. The meeting…

Tunisia vows to ‘take responsibility’ after Berlin attack

Tunisia will “assume its responsibilities” on unwanted immigrants, President Beji Caid Essebsi said on Thursday after Germany threatened to cut development aid to countries that stall on the return of rejected asylum seekers. In response to failings which kept the suspected attacker at a Berlin Christmas market on December 19th from being deported to Tunisia before the carnage, German officials have threatened to end development aid. “Europe must be calm. Tunisia is a country which assumes its responsibilities,” Essebsi told AFP during a reception at the presidential palace. “We have…

Tunisia’s transition to democracy hit “roadblock”

Tunisia’s transition to democracy since 2011 has hit a “roadblock”, President of the Independent High Authority for the Election (ISIE) Chafik Sarsar said Tuesday. He criticised the delay in holding the first local elections since the uprising. “Tunisia stood out…through its partially successful transition and it is unacceptable that this march toward democracy be cut short,” Chafik Sarsar told the  daily newspaper  “La Presse”. “Everything is blocked…We have missed a date with history,” he said. Sarsar also criticised the parliament’s delay in adopting an electoral law necessary for holding the country’s…

BBC PANORAMA: Chamseddine sendi ”Mastermind” of Tunisia beach terrorist attack

BBC’s Panorama investigations return to the issue of the attack by a gunman in the Sousse beach in June 2015 by revealing that Chamseddine sendi is the ”Mastermind” of the terrorist attack, according to  private documents obtained by the programme, which proved that Saif eddine Rezgui the author of the scene of the killing in Sousse “was recruited by Sendi”,  who “runs militant cell responsible for the Sousse  and  the Bardo National Museum attack. The Tunisian Authority issued several arrest warrants against Sendi for his involvement in these two attacks…

Arlette Chabot presents in Tunis book of interviews with Caïd Essebsi

French journalist and radio and TV host Arlette Chabot presented on Saturday afternoon her book of interviews with President of the Republic Béji Caïd Essebsi. Entitled “Tunisia: Democracy in Land of Islam,” the book is a compilation of interviews started in October 2015. It is meant for foreign readers and comes as a plea in favour of Tunisia and its distinctiveness in the Arab world, Chabot said. “It is a book where we get to know Tunisia and Tunisians,” she indicated. This determined people decided its own fate and toppled…