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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...

Tunisia's president extends decree giving him full power

Aug. 24, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s president has prolonged the special powers he granted himself a month ago when he began ruling by decree after firing the prime minister, freezing parliament and lifting the immunity of lawmakers. President Kais Saied had been expected...

Tunisia leader fires ambassador to US in rash of dismissals

Aug. 03, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A day after naming a new economy minister, President Kais Saied on Tuesday added Tunisia's ambassador to the United States to a rash of dismissals, but he has yet to say who will replace the prime minister he fired less than two weeks ago or when. ...

With no government, it's worry, trust and wait in Tunisia

Aug. 02, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia remains in limbo more than a week after President Kais Saied fired the prime minister, froze parliament and took on executive powers. Some citizens worried about what comes next, and when it will happen, as pressure for decisions mounts. A...

Tunisian leader: Young are paid to migrate, harm Europe ties

Aug. 01, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's leader claimed Sunday that some desperate youths are being paid to try to leave Tunisia illegally for Europe, saying the goal is to damage the country from within and hurt its ties with Europe. President Kais Saied made the remarks during...