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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...

The Latest: British PM questions Thomas Cook bosses' pay

Sep. 23, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the collapse of British tour company Thomas Cook (all times local): 6 p.m. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says a "huge effort" is underway to bring home British tourists and passengers stranded by the sudden financial collapse of travel company Thomas Cook. He adds Monday that...

Jailed Tunisia magnate optimistic about winning presidency

Sep. 22, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Jailed Tunisian media magnate Nabil Karoui said he's "reasonably optimistic" about winning Tunisia's presidential runoff, where he is facing independent law professor Kais Saied. They beat out two dozen other candidates in the first-round of voting on Sept. 15. No date has been set yet for the...