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Tunisia’s leader calls for electoral reform, acknowledges reasons for disappointment with government performance

Caid Essebsi left the future of the government led by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed hanging as speculation about a reshuffle continues. Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi called for a revision of the country’s electoral law but refrained from suggesting an expected constitutional reform to shore up presidential powers. Caid Essebsi ...

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Tunisia drowns in negative international rating

“Moody’s experts believe that longer-term uncertainty may have increased and ruled out a solution to the rapidly accumulating economic crises within months, putting risks on the pillars of Tunisia’s growth which is already a fragile economy.” Tunisia needs an urgent miracle to emerge from the international downgrade of its economy, ...

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UTICA in Full Gear with its New President

The newly-elected president of UTICA – Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, has been sending shockwaves across the political and economic circles of the country. His frequent presence on TV and radio programs in recent days provided him with unprecedented public exposure to reiterate what he –and many others- ...

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Seeing the ‘political crisis’ behind Tunisia’s economic morass

Despite abundant natural resources, Tunisia has recorded lower GDP growth, higher unemployment and increasing foreign debt since 2011. While Tunisia has overcome the threat posed by jihadists to its nascent democracy, it remains embroiled in economic and social crises because of the failure of political elites to harness the country’s ...

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Italy: Tunisia, A Rising Investment Destination

The international financial stage is seeing a fundamental change in financial data and a major shift in existing economic blocs, together with the emergence of new economic blocs and the potential disintegration of major economic powers and even major economic unions such as the European Union are not immune to ...

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Carthage: a lost civilisation

Tyre fell in 332 BC to the armies of Alexander the Great, and its citizens were massacred. Some escaped the wrath of Alexander’s army by bribery or stealth or luck, fled to North Africa and founded Carthage, in what is now Tunisia. Most people have never heard of it. Some ...

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Imam preacher of Grand Holly Mosque of Makka highlights peaceful coexistence

The Tunisian Zituna University hosted last Saturday a memorable event enhanced by the visit of  Imam preacher  of the Grand Holly Mosque of Makka ( Masjid al-Haram) Dr. Salah Bin Abbdullah Bin Hamid. On this occasion, the eminent Sheikh gave a lecture on coexistence which according to him must prevail ...

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Creating jobs for youth main challenge for Arab region: Azour

Unemployment continues to be the main challenge facing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Jihad Azour, president of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the Middle East and Central Asia told Daily News Egypt Monday on the sidelines of the IMF’s Opportunity for All conference. The challenge of ...

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Rabat: A city of great architecture, cuisine and music

Having been born and raised in Rwanda, I had always wondered why people in countries like Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt were called Africans yet they had a different skin colour to other Africans. This was until I recently discovered another image of Africa, the Arab Africa. I ...

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Women’s inheritance next on Tunisia’s rights agenda?

Women in Tunisia may be able to pass their family name on to their children and have equal inheritance with men if proposals, due to be finalized in February, are adopted in a country regarded as a leader for women’s rights in the Arab world. The Committee on Individual Freedoms ...

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