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Toppled Tunisian ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali dies at 83

Sep. 19, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, an autocrat who led his small North African country for 23 years before being toppled by nationwide protests that unleashed revolt across the Arab world, died Thursday. He was 83. Ben Ali, who had lived in Saudi Arabia since fleeing...

Jailed tycoon and professor in Tunisia's presidential runoff

Sep. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Jailed media magnate Nabil Karoui and independent law professor Kais Saied will advance to Tunisia's presidential runoff, sending the North African nation's young democracy into an unprecedented electoral battle. Tunisia's electoral commission said Tuesday the two candidates came out...

Poll: Outsider, jailed tycoon top Tunisian presidential vote

Sep. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A jailed media magnate and an independent outsider appeared likely to face off in Tunisia's presidential runoff, after a roller coaster first-round race in the country that unleashed the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings. Official preliminary results are expected in the next couple...

Jailed Tunisia presidential candidate's backers campaign

Sep. 4, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Supporters of a jailed presidential candidate in Tunisia claimed Wednesday that a court's refusal to release him was a political decision and said the campaign would continue despite his imprisonment on alleged money laundering and tax evasion charges. Polls show the jailed candidate,...

Tunisian court refuses to free jailed presidential candidate

Sep. 3, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian court on Tuesday refused to free jailed presidential candidate Nabil Karoui from prison so that he can campaign for the Sept. 15 election, a television station he co-owns and his spokesman said. Karoui, a leading candidate among 26 people in the race, was jailed Aug. 23...

Tunisia kicks off presidential campaign amid tensions

Sep. 2, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's 26 presidential candidates launched their campaigns Monday in a political climate marked by uncertainty, money laundering allegations and worries about violent extremism. The brief campaign for the Sept. 15 first-round vote will include Tunisia's first-ever televised...

Women seeking Tunisian presidency say it's time for change

Aug. 29, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian women can seek abortions, file for divorce and enjoy other rights unheard of in some parts of the Arab world — and two presidential candidates say it's time to put a woman in charge of the country. Selma Elloumi Rekik and Abir Moussi want to fight against creeping...

Tunisia: Media mogul's arrest rocks presidential race

Aug. 24, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The arrest of a Tunisian media magnate who's a leading presidential candidate is rattling this country's young democracy and throwing the campaign into uncertainty. Supporters of tycoon Nabil Karoui said Satrday that he's being targeted for political reasons ahead of the Sept. 15...

Leading presidential contender arrested in Tunisia

Aug. 23, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A leading presidential candidate in Tunisia has been arrested and jailed on allegations of tax evasion and money laundering. Media mogul Nabil Karoui's Nessma television station announced the Friday arrest, along with Tunisia's Interior Ministry. Karoui was detained in the...

Tunisians, world leaders bury president who died in office

Jul. 27, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians and world leaders bid adieu on Saturday to the country's first democratically elected president, Beji Caid Essebsi, who died in office at 92 and left the North African nation facing new political uncertainty. Thousands of people lined the route of the funeral cortege, crying...