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Tunisian voters shun elections seen as test for democracy

Jan. 29, 2023 16:07 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Voters in Tunisia massively shunned parliamentary elections seen as an important test for their president and their country's troubled democracy, according to preliminary turnout figures Sunday. Independent observers reported scattered violations. Turnout was...

Challenge for Tunisian democracy: Getting voters to show up

Jan. 28, 2023 12:00 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia was once the Arab world’s hope for a new era of democracy. Now it’s in the midst of an election that’s more of an embarrassment than a model. Barely 11% of voters turned out in the first round of parliamentary elections last month, boycotted by...

Thousands protest in Tunisia against president's rule

Jan. 14, 2023 12:27 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Thousands of protesters angry at Tunisia’s economic crisis and the president’s increasingly authoritarian drift marched on Saturday through the capital, responding to a call from opposition parties to mark 12 years since Tunisian protesters unleashed Arab Spring...

Tunisia's political experiment threatens economic collapse

Dec. 24, 2022 04:49 AM EST

NICE, France (AP) — Tunisia’s increasingly authoritarian president appears determined to upend the country’s political system. The strategy is not only threatening a democracy once seen as a model for the Arab world, experts say it is also sending the economy toward a tailspin. ...

Tunisian Islamist party protests arrest of senior leader

Dec. 23, 2022 12:31 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Supporters of the Tunisian Islamist movement Ennahda demonstrated on Friday in front of the Justice Ministry in the capital to denounce the arrest of one of its senior leaders, suspected of being involved in sending Tunisians to fight with extremists in Syria. ...

Tunisia judge orders opposition top official's imprisonment

Dec. 20, 2022 08:50 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — An anti-terrorism judge in Tunisia has ordered the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Ali Larayedh, vice-president of the popular Islamist opposition party Ennahdha, days after the country held a legislative election marked by a very low turnout. The...

Tunisian president urged to resign after election debacle

Dec. 18, 2022 10:10 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian opposition figures called Sunday for the president’s resignation after disastrous parliamentary elections in which less than 9% of voters cast ballots. The mass voter disavowal was a dramatic development for the country that was the birthplace of...

Low turnout in Tunisia parliament vote amid economic vows

Dec. 17, 2022 15:35 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians on Saturday voted to elect a new parliament, to the backdrop of a soaring cost-of-living crisis and concerns of democracy backsliding in the North African country — the cradle of Arab Spring protests a decade ago. Opposition parties — including...

Disillusioned with democracy, Tunisians to elect parliament

Dec. 16, 2022 03:13 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — To the outside world, Saturday's elections in Tunisia raise several red flags: Many opposition parties are boycotting them, foreign media are banned from talking to candidates and critics say the new electoral law makes it harder for women to compete. But many...

Leaders of French-speaking countries hold summit in Tunisia

Nov. 19, 2022 16:21 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Leaders of French-speaking countries gathered Saturday on a Tunisian island to discuss debt relief, migration, food and energy shortages amid a soaring cost-of-living crisis across Africa, Europe and the Middle East due to Russia's war on Ukraine. French...