Kais Saied officially wins Tunisia’s presidential election
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's electoral commission has officially announced the victory of Islamist-backed law professor Kais Saied in the country's presidential election.
Jailed Tunisia presidential candidate to remain in prison
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian court has ordered that jailed presidential candidate Nabil Karoui stay in prison as he competes in the country's presidential runoff.
Women seeking Tunisian presidency say it’s time for change
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian women can seek abortions, file for divorce and enjoy other rights unheard of in some parts of the Arab world — and two presidential candidates say it's time to put a...
Leading presidential contender arrested in Tunisia
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A leading presidential candidate in Tunisia has been arrested and jailed on allegations of tax evasion and money laundering.
26 candidates to run in Tunisia’s early presidential vote
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's independent electoral body says 26 candidates have qualified to run in the country's early presidential election on Sept. 15, out of 96 who were seeking the...
Tunisians, world leaders bury president who died in office
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians and world leaders bid adieu on Saturday to the country's first democratically elected president, Beji Caid Essebsi, who died in office at 92 and left the North...
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia is inviting world leaders to attend the funeral for its president who died in office and preparing a new election to replace him.
Tunisian president Essebsi dies at 92; interim leader put in
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country's first democratically elected leader and a symbol of the generation of Tunisians who shook off French rule in...
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Latest on the death of Tunisia's president (all times local):
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described late Tunisian President Beji...
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the country’s first democratically elected leader, has died at 92, his office says
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the country's first democratically elected leader, has died at 92, his office says.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's 92-year-old president Beji Caid Essebsi has made his first public appearance since leaving hospital following a serious illness.
Tunisia’s aging president hospitalized with serious illness
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's first democratically elected president, 92-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi, has been taken to a military hospital after falling seriously ill.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — With presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for the fall, public officials in Tunisia plan to send mobile teams to villages, universities and companies to...
New tensions, worries mark Tunisia’s revolution anniversary
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Thousands gathered Monday in Tunisia's capital as the country marked eight years since a democratic uprising ousted its long-time strongman. The rally came amid deepening economic troubles in the North African nation and resurgent anger at the revolution's unfulfilled promises.
Saudi crown prince visits Tunisia amid Khashoggi protests
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a personal welcome Tuesday from Tunisia's president who greeted his guest at the airport after two days of protests in the capital that reflected international concern about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Tunisian leader backs equal inheritance rights for women
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president promised Monday to submit a bill to parliament soon that aims to give women equal inheritance rights with men, as debate over the topic of inheritance reverberated around the Muslim world.
In a speech marking Women's Day in Tunisia, President Beji Caid Essebsi said he wants to submit the proposal "as soon as possible," probably when parliament resumes in October.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Scattered irregularities have delayed voting results in Tunisia's first local elections since the 2011 Arab Spring revolution.
The electoral commission head said Monday that authorities are studying the irregularities and will announce the preliminary results Wednesday.
State television reported an exit poll from Sunday's vote showing Islamist movement Ennahdha in the lead, followed by President Beji Caid Essebsi's secular moderate party, Nida Tounes.
Tunisia holds 1st local election since 2011 Arab Spring
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians voted Sunday in their first local elections since the 2011 Arab Spring revolution, a crucial step toward consolidating the country's exceptional democracy.
Turnout appeared low, with just 13 percent taking part by midday, according to electoral authorities — a marked contrast from the long lines of voters at post-revolution presidential and parliamentary elections.
Turkish president calls Syria’s Assad a ‘terrorist’
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Syria's peace efforts cannot include President Bashar Assad, Turkey's leader said Wednesday, calling him a "terrorist."
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke during a visit to Tunisia at the end of a four-day Africa trip focusing on economic issues.
At a joint news conference with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Erdogan called Assad a "terrorist who engaged in state terrorism" and should not be part of Syria's post-conflict future.
Italy premier in Tunisia to discuss migration, Libya, terror
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Italy's premier has met with Tunisian leaders during a two-day working visit to discuss terrorism, migration and the impact of the chaotic situation in Libya, subjects that deeply touch both countries.
Models, politicians remember late designer Alaia in Tunisia
SIDI BOU SAID, Tunisia (AP) — Models, government ministers, relatives and friends have attended the funeral in Tunisia of fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, a native of the North African country who won international acclaim.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who enjoyed a close relationship with Alaia, appeared overwhelmed with emotion during the burial ceremony Monday in Sidi Bou Said, a picturesque village outside the capital, Tunis.
Tunisia extends state of emergency for 3 more months
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president has decided to extend the state of emergency in the country for three more months.
President Beji Caid Essebsi's office said Friday the decision takes effect on Sunday in the North African nation.
The state of emergency has been in place since November 2015. It gives more power to police, especially to ban strikes and gatherings.
Tunisia lifts ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian officials say the government has lifted a ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims on the recommendation of the president, who says Tunisia needs to modernize.
Muslim men were allowed to marry non-Muslim women, but not the other way around.
Tunisia pardons thousands with corrupt pasts, amid protest
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's Parliament has adopted a hotly disputed law giving amnesty to thousands of people linked to corruption under its former authoritarian regime.
Hundreds of demonstrators protested outside the legislature saying they fear a return to Tunisia's pre-Arab Spring past. After an unusually angry debate and opposition walkout over the measure, it passed by 117 votes to nine in a Wednesday night vote.
Tunisian women’s rights plan rattles Muslim traditionalists
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Some denounce it as a violation of Islamic law, others embrace it as revolutionary: An initiative by Tunisia's president to make inheritance and marriage rules fairer to women is reverberating around the Muslim world, and risks dividing his country.
Berlin truck attack prompts accord between Germany, Tunisia
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia agreed Friday to speed its acceptance of 1,500 citizens whose asylum applications were rejected by Germany, accepting a 250-million-euro ($264 million) loan to help develop rural regions and create jobs for young people.
1,000 Tunisians fearing return of jihadis march to say ‘No’
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Up to 1,000 Tunisians have marched in the capital to protest the return of jihadis from Syria, Iraq and neighboring Libya.
Authorities say that about 3,000 Tunisians have traveled to conflict zones and about 800 have returned. Tunisians now fear offensives against the Islamic State group and others will drive their countrymen home.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi denied any family tie with the prime minister he has just nominated following criticism that the two were related by marriage.
The 90-year-old leader said Thursday that Youssef Chahed "is not a member of my family" and denounced a "well-orchestrated campaign" against him.
Sections of the media and opposition members have said a distant family connection between the two men influenced the...
Man nominated as new Tunisia premier says sacrifices ahead
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A minister in Tunisia's previous government announced on Wednesday that he has been nominated as the country's new prime minister and quickly warned Tunisians to brace themselves for "exceptional sacrifices."
Youssef Chahed, an agricultural engineer by training, served as minister for local affairs in the government that fell over the weekend in a no-confidence vote. He would replace Prime Minister Habib Essid, a U.S.-trained agricultural economist...