Tunisians uncertain ahead of Sunday’s vote

The first round of the presidential election will take place on Sunday, September 15 and a second-round is scheduled in the coming weeks if no candidate obtains an absolute majority. The first round of Sunday’s elections is considered essential to ensure Tunisia’s young democracy in the economic turmoil. With more than seven million Tunisians registered to vote in Sunday’s elections, the turnout could be slightly higher than in 2014, when the country held its first democratic presidential elections. For the first time in the region, presidential candidates participated in a…

Tunisia’s hopefuls at TV debate, a Tunisian premiere

Few days before the first round of Tunisia’s presidential election, Tunisia on Saturday initiated a historical political event over three nights of televised debates between the candidates, a Tunisian premiere. The political debate of the 26 hopefuls over three sessions, who will compete to show the highlight of their campaigns, is a key milestone in Tunisian contemporary history in politics ahead of the poll due for September 15, 2019. “The road to Carthage: Tunisia makes its choice”, is a programme that was broadcast on the national public TV channel along…

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…

Code of Conduct needed to restore citizen’s confidence in politicians

I was shocked as many Tunisians when I heard the death threat voiced by MP Fayçal Tebini targeting Prime Minister Youssef Chahed if the latter takes the decision to sign the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). Such threat lacks wisdom and responsibility and heightens worries within the political landscape in the deep crisis in which our country is going through. It is an unacceptable statement that shows us an example of the politically bankrupt’s level which arouses public anger and critic. In addition, what the deputy stated, certainly…

Viva Technology Fair in Paris: Tunisia is absent

Tunisia was conspicuous by its absence in the Viva Technology, the European digital show in its fourth edition, held from May 16 to 18, 2019 in Paris Porte de Versailles (France) and where more than 100,000 visitors are expected to discover more than 1,000 start-ups and hear 450 prestigious speakers. Tunisia could have shined with its new legislation, that we are all proud, the Startup Act. Tunisia could stand out like Morocco, Algeria or all African countries, being present with its National Strategic Plan “Digital Tunisia 2020” which focuses on…

Sidi Bouzid : Sebbala district calamity, Tunisia mourns “Nos Dames de Tunisie”

Not a week elapses without another disaster reminding the local people and the villagers of the sad fate that beset them. Several farm worker women, being transported to work on a farm in the back of a pickup, were killed when it collided with a minivan carrying poultry in the central region of Sidi Bouzid, last Saturday at dawn. The deaths triggered an outcry on social media, with users accusing farm owners of mistreating their low-paid, mainly female workforce. The obsolescence and precariousness of our legal, and illegal public transport…

What fate awaits Tunisia’s returning jihadists?

In an article published in Al-Monitor website “what fate awaits Tunisians returning jihadists ?”,  Author Amberin Zaman revealed that Aaron Zelin the Richard Borow fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East policy will publish his forthcoming book on Tunisian Jihadists titled (your sons at your service: Tunisia’s missionaries of jihad(, the delicate subject is holding the attention of many western researches and security Centres, who focus as Richard Borow, on the reasons that lead hundreds of Tunisians to be attracted to radicalism as well as on the dealing of…

More Schools and Fewer Tanks for the Mideast

Prominent columnist Thomas L. Friedman highlighted in his last article, published in new York Times “More Schools and Fewer Tanks for the Mideast“, the importance of schools pointing out that Tunisia – as a success model in Middle East- deserves help to continue its democratic transition in education. He concluded that “It’s time we focused on giving more Arabs and Iranians access to the ingredients that enabled Tunisia to transform itself by itself into a democracy without a single U.S. war fighter”. It is a significant recognition that Tunisia has succeeded to…

Freedom but not dignity after 8 years of revolution, Tunisia is still holding firm

The revolution staged eight years ago to oust dictatorship has managed to restore freedom but not dignity. While Tunisia has been praised as a model of democratic transition, wealth and control of the economy remain concentrated in the hands of a small elite despite economic growth. The revolution’s slogan was “work, dignity and freedom” but the first two were not achieved, unfortunately. We believe that many Tunisians have fallen into disproportionate freedom and that priority must first be given to socio-economic reforms and security, for a better quality of life,…

Tunisians still fear January

On the new year’s eve, eyes are turning towards the coming month of January which remains the month that Tunisian people fear. For decades it has represented to them a nightmare after they experienced painful and devastating events with the exacerbated tensions between various rivals. Successive governments and trade unions were unfortunately behind the previous black crises. Tunisian history retains the horror of these crises and their negative impacts on social peace, after the two sides failed to hold constructive discussions, to avoid resorting to force and growing of violence.…