On Monday, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) began in Tunisia, with the participation of 75 personalities from various Libyan parties, and in the presence of the Tunisian President, Qais Said. The Tunisian President emphasized that this step was “for the sake of peace.”
French authorities have detained a man suspected of having contacted the perpetrator of Thursday’s attack in Nice, France, which killed three people at a local Catholic church. As per preliminary investigations, the 47-year-old man is suspected of having kept in touch with the attacker, and was taken into police custody on Thursday night.
The Tunisian Ministry of Interior confirmed today, Sunday, that a policeman was killed and another wounded in a run-over operation by terrorists near a tourist area in the city of Sousse. This morning, the spokesman for the Tunisian National Guard, Hossam Eddine Jebali, said that a member of the National Guard was killed in a “terrorist” attack.
The President of Tunisia, Kais Saied, on Saturday appointed Hichem Mechichi as the country’s new prime minister. In his acceptance speech, the 46-year-old new premier has promised to respond to the social and economic demands of the population, which have been the main causes of numerous protests.
Tunisian protesters, outraged by the economic crisis bedeviling the nation, as well as high unemployment rates therein, stormed one of the major oil pumping stations, located in the southern part of the country. They threatened to stop the production of crude oil and to close the valves of the oil pipelines.
Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Elyes Fakhfakh said during a press conference yesterday that he will work to form a mini-cabinet and harmonious government that brings together the parties that supported President Kais Saied in the second round of the presidential elections. Fakhfakh also announced the exclusion of the Heart of Tunisia and Free Destourian parties from government consultations.
As the death toll rises in a Tunisian tour bus accident to 26, President Kais Saied has promised to deal with the aftermath of the accident and ensure road safety. “I will do everything in my power to deal with the consequences of the disaster and fix what can be fixed,” he said. The President added that all those responsible for the poor conditions of the road will be seriously dealt with.
Independent presidential candidate and professor Kaïs Saïed has officially been elected as the new president of Tunisia with a clear victory. He apparently convinced about 75% of Tunisian voters in a true electoral landslide. His opponent, the controversial media magnate Nabil Karoui, earlier called the competition an unfair battle, but he has since acknowledged Saïed’s victory.
More than 7 million voters were called back to the polls on Sunday for the third time in less than a month to elect a new president who faces the challenge of taking the country out of its economic crisis. Independent constitutional law professor Kais Saied and his rival, businessman and media magnate Nabil Karoui, a candidate for the “Heart of Tunisia” party, competed Sunday in the second round of the presidential elections.
Tunisians will go to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament. All indications are that voters will deliver a slap in the face to the existing parties. The expected punitive vote would probably favor younger candidates. Sunday’s elections will be the second since the new Constitution was ratified in 2014. Despite the democratic process, Tunisians live in difficult economic and social conditions. Observers expect that there will be a major shift in voter choices.
Tunisia’s former President, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who stayed in power in the North African country for over two decades, has died in Saudi Arabia. Ben Ali’s death was confirmed by Mounir Ben Salha, the Ali’s family lawyer. “Ben Ali has just died in Saudi Arabia,” he told Reuters by phone. The Tunisian Foreign Ministry also confirmed the death of the former leader. “We had confirmation of his death 30 minutes ago,” the ministry said, without giving further details, as reported by the AFP.
Tunisia’s Independent High Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that candidates Kais Saied and Nabil Karoui will compete in the second round of presidential elections. While Ennahda congratulated the winners, the EU said the elections were transparent.
Kais Saied, a conservative law professor, and the detained media mogul, Nabil Karoui, will most likely square it out in an apparent second round of the Tunisian presidential election, according to the elections early results. “My win brings a big responsibility to change frustration to hope,” Saied said at a local radio station on Sunday. “It is a new step in Tunisian history . . . it is like a new revolution.”
Tunisia is ready to hold its second free presidential election since the 2011 revolution, which overthrew former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and sparked the Arab Spring. Elections have been planned since November last year, following the death of Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected president.
Less than a month before presidential elections in Tunisia, one of the country’s leading candidates, businessman Nabil Karoui, was arrested on Friday, accused of money laundering. The arrest seriously jeopardizes his chances of ascending to the nation’s presidency. At the same time, a television channel that he owns, Nessma TV, one of the country’s favorite television channels, was banned from covering the electoral campaigns by the authorities.
Nearly 100 presidential candidates have filed their candidacy for the presidential election anticipated in Tunisia in the hope of succeeding Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected head of state following the Arab Spring country. In total, the names of 98 applicants interested in competing in the presidential election were recorded by the closing of registrations today. This was officially confirmed by the country’s Election commision (Isie).
The German aid organization, Sea-Eye wants to bring 65 rescued migrants to Malta. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini forced the ship in Lampedusa to turn back. The German rescue ship “Alan Kurdi” had been waiting for hours in front of the Italian island. Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini had strictly forbidden the ship to enter the port.