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Tunisia elects new parliament speaker from Islamist party

Nov. 13, 2019 1:50 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The longtime leader of Tunisia’s Islamist party Ennahdha has been elected speaker of the North African country’s new parliament. Rachid Ghannouchi was elected Wednesday with 123 votes of a possible 217 in the divided house. Ennahdha won last month’s election. But...

Top Tunisian ministers fired after new president elected

Oct. 29, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's prime minister has fired the foreign and defense ministers, two weeks after Kais Saied was elected the new president of the North African country. According to a statement from the government presidency Tuesday, Defense Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi and Foreign Minister Khemaies...

Tunisia's new president vows to fight for women's rights

Oct. 23, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's newly elected president has vowed to fight hard for women's rights during his first address to the nation after being sworn in at the country's parliament. In his speech Wednesday at the Assembly of People's Representatives, Kais Saied said his administration would fight...

Tunisia: Conservative law professor wins presidential race

Oct. 14, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's election commission said a preliminary count shows Islamist-backed law professor Kais Saied has won the country's presidential election by a significant margin. The commission reported Monday that Saied, who hasn't held elected office before, received 72.71% of the vote. His...

Tunisia: Knife attack kills French citizen, injures officer

Oct. 14, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's Interior Ministry says a French citizen has been killed in a knife attack that also injured a police officer near a northern city. An Interior Ministry statement said the attack happened Monday at the exit of a bath in Zarzouna. The ministry says the assailant fled the scene...

Tunisia polls suggest conservative professor wins election

Oct. 13, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A conservative, Islamist-backed law professor looked set to assume Tunisia's presidency after polling agencies suggested he overwhelmingly won Sunday's runoff election in the country that unleashed the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings. Kais Saied's supporters exploded with joy,...

The Latest: Tunisia projections say professor wins election

Oct. 13, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Latest on the Tunisia presidential election (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Tunisian polling agencies are forecasting that conservative law professor Kais Saied has overwhelmingly won the North African country's presidential election. Saied's supporters exploded with joy, celebrating...

Projections indicate that Islamist-backed professor Kais Saied wins Tunisia's presidential race

Oct. 13, 2019 3:09 PM EDT
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Projections indicate that Islamist-backed professor Kais Saied wins Tunisia's presidential race.

176 migrants rescued off Libya, 110 others turned back

Oct. 13, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Humanitarian groups on Sunday said they rescued 176 migrants on two rubber boats in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya while Tunisian authorities reported blocking a smuggling boat carrying 110 migrants from setting off for Italy. Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee said...

Tunisia: Post-debate handshake hailed as pro-democracy sign

Oct. 12, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A media mogul and a former law professor who are vying to be Tunisia's next president sparred during a televised debate over how to fight terrorism and poverty — and then they cordially shook hands. Tunisian voters celebrated the handshake as a sign that the democracy built on...