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New constitution gives some Tunisians hope, others concern

Jul. 29, 2022 07:44 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian voters have approved a referendum on a new constitution that gives more powers to the country's president. It's a step that brings hope to many in the struggling North African nation, but critics warn it could return Tunisia to autocracy and say low turnout marred...

Tunisians vote in favor of new constitution, officials say

Jul. 26, 2022 19:55 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians voted in favor of a new constitution that critics fear could entrench efforts by the president to consolidate power, according to official preliminary results late Tuesday. Initial results announced by Tunisia’s electoral commission said 94.6% of...

Tunisians vote on proposal to give president more power

Jul. 25, 2022 08:33 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians are voting Monday for a controversial new constitution put forward by President Kais Saied that critics say will formalize his power grab and reverse hard-won democratic gains in the North African nation. Monday’s referendum marks one year to the...

Tunisians protest proposed constitution; call it "a coup"

Jul. 23, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Small but loud demonstrations took place Saturday in the Tunisian capital of Tunis ahead of a referendum Monday on President Kais Saied’s proposed new constitution — a document that critics say helps him legitimize his power grab, which they call "a coup.” ...

Tunisian opposition party leader free after questioning

Jul. 19, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The leader of Tunisia’s main opposition party was freed after being questioned by the country’s counterterrorism unit Tuesday on suspicion of money laundering and terrorism financing through an association charity. Rached Ghannouchi, 81, the leader of the...

Tunisia opposition leader investigated on terrorism charges

Jul. 18, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The leader of Tunisia’s main opposition party is due to be questioned by the country’s anti-terrorism unit on Tuesday on suspicion of money laundering and terrorist financing through an association charity. The accused, Rached Ghannouchi, was among a dozen...

Tunisia's Islamists decry asset freezes as political move

Jul. 07, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's influential Islamist movement Ennahdha on Thursday strongly disputed accusations of money laundering and terrorism financing after the country's central bank froze the bank accounts of a dozen top party officials. Party leader Rached Ghannouchi, a...

Tunisian president seeks more powers in new constitution

Jul. 01, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Kais Saied on Friday unveiled a new draft constitution that would bestow broad powers on the president and curtail the authority of the prime minister and parliament. A referendum on the constitution is scheduled for July 25, exactly a year...

Tunisian officers stabbed near synagogue; suspect arrested

Jun. 24, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A man with a knife attacked police officers stationed near a synagogue in Tunisia's capital, injuring one in the shoulder and another on the hand, authorities said Friday. The attacker fled after the overnight stabbing but was located nearby soon afterward...

Public workers strike in Tunisia, signaling national crisis

Jun. 16, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A nationwide public sector strike in Tunisia is poised to paralyze land and air transportation and other vital activities Thursday with the North African nation already in the midst of a deteriorating economic crisis. Tunisia’s powerful General Labour Union...