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Tunisian trial shines light on use of military courts

Nov. 21, 2021 11:05 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A few days after Tunisia’s president froze parliament and took on sweeping powers in July, a dozen men in unmarked vehicles and civilian clothes barged into politician Yassine Ayari’s family home overnight and took him away in his pajamas. ...

New protests, clashes in Tunisian city over garbage pileup

Nov. 10, 2021 15:20 PM EST

AGAREB, Tunisia (AP) — New clashes broke out Wednesday between residents and police in the Tunisian city of Agareb, home to a landfill that has provoked public fury over waste mismanagement. Agareb hosts the main landfill for nearby Sfax, Tunisia’s second largest...

Court: Tunisia issues international warrant for ex-president

Nov. 04, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia issued an international arrest warrant for former president Moncef Marzouki Thursday over accusations that he undermined the North African country’s security, a top Tunisian court said. The court didn't provide any further explanation on...

Tunisia closes 3 opposition broadcasters in license dispute

Oct. 28, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s independent media regulator says it has shut down three broadcasters that were critical of the country’s president, who dissolved parliament and seized sweeping powers in the summer. In a statement Wednesday, the regulator HAICA said...

Tunisia’s President Saied revokes predecessor’s passport

Oct. 14, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s President Kais Saied said Thursday he had decided to withdraw the diplomatic passport of his predecessor Moncef Marzouki. Tunisian media suggested that Saied was irked by Marzouki’s demands that France end its support for the Tunisian...

Tunisia gets new government, appoints record number of women

Oct. 11, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia got a new government Monday after more than two months without one, with the new prime minister naming her Cabinet, which includes a record number of women. The ministerial appointments announced by Prime Minister Najla Bouden filled a...

Tunsians march to support president's usurpation of power

Oct. 03, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Thousands of Tunisians attended demonstrations in Tunis and other cities this weekend in a show of support for President Kais Saied’s recent consolidation of power — a move that his critics have dubbed a coup. Thousands stood on Tunis’...

Tunisia: President names female prime minister amid turmoil

Sep. 29, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s president on Wednesday named the country’s first female prime minister, appointing a 63-year-old professor to lead a transitional government after the head of state sacked the previous prime minister and suspended parliament. Najla...

Tunisian president vows new electoral code, transition team

Sep. 21, 2021 04:26 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s president has announced plans to draft a new electoral code and appoint a transitional leadership — and to hang on to the exceptional powers that he seized in July, throwing the country’s young democracy into question. In a speech...

Dueling Tunisian protests erupt over president's power grab

Sep. 18, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Protesters angry at the Tunisian president’s seizure of broad powers faced off with his supporters Saturday in competing demonstrations in the North African nation's capital of Tunis. It was the first time that President Kais Saied’s critics...