Polling firm: Outsider ahead in Tunisia presidential vote
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A polling firm has projected an independent outsider, Kais Saied, as the winner in the first round of Tunisia's presidential election, with jailed media magnate Nabil Karoui...
Tunisian security chief, 3 extremists killed in shootout
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian national guard chief and three extremists were killed in a clash Monday, on the first day of the country's presidential campaign, authorities said.
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...
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.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia has banned face-covering veils in state-run buildings for security reasons, ending a policy of official tolerance with the garment.
Parliament approves reshuffled Tunisian government
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The reshuffled government of Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has passed a parliamentary vote of confidence after more than 12 hours of debate.
Each of the new ministers got more than the minimum 109 votes required from the 160 lawmakers present Monday night.
Chahed reshuffled his government a week ago in a bid to end a months-long paralyzing political crisis.
Tunisia PM faces confidence vote amid political tensions
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed faced lawmakers in a marathon debate Monday ahead of a vote of confidence needed to approve the government he reshuffled a week ago in a bid to end a months-long paralyzing political crisis.
The debate was still going 12 hours later, a sign of the enmity coursing through Tunisia's political scene.
Tunisia president says alliance with moderate Islamists over
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's conservative president says he has ended his alliance with the moderate Islamist party Ennahdha and that the next parliamentary elections will take place in Dec. 2019.
President Caid Beji Essebsi, 91, said during a Monday night TV interview that the consensus reached in 2015 with Ennahdha, the largest party in parliament, had ensured "relative stability" but that the alliance has come to an end — at the initiative of Ennahdha.
Tunisia floods kill at least 4, cause major damage
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Severe floods have struck northeastern Tunisia, killing at least four people and damaging homes, bridges, roads and fields.
Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed visited the town of Nabeul, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of the capital, on Sunday, a day after heavy rains hit the region.
He said that "it's urgent to work so things return to normal." He added the government will help financially people whose homes and fields have been damaged.
Tunisia gives boat with 40 migrants greenlight after 2 weeks
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said he is allowing 40 migrants who have been kept at sea for two weeks to enter Tunisia "for humanitarian reasons."
Chahed said late Saturday he would authorize a Tunisian-flagged commercial boat that has been carrying the migrants since July 16 to dock at the southern port of Zarzis.
Tunisia PM fires top minister amid alarm over migrant deaths
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Wednesday fired his interior minister amid recriminations over a capsized boat of migrants off the coast of the North African country in the deadliest shipwreck this year on the dangerous Mediterranean Sea route to Europe.
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Tunisia's prime minister has traveled to an island off the Tunisian coast to oversee search operations after a small smugglers' boat packed with migrants capsized in the Mediterranean over the weekend, leaving an estimated 112 people dead or missing.
The search for the missing reopened Tuesday after being temporarily called off for bad weather.
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.
DJERBA, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's prime minister has opened a conference on dialogue between religions on the island of Djerba during an annual Jewish pilgrimage that is taking place amid high security.
Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said his North African nation "will remain a land of peace and tolerance," according to Mosaique radio. He said Tunisians from all religions are "full citizens of this country."
Tunisia, Spain vow cooperation on security, women’s rights
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Spain and Tunisia are reviving ties after a decade-long freeze, pledging notably to work together on security and women's rights.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Tunisian counterpart Youssef Chahed signed eight accords Monday in Tunis.
Tunisia’s central bank head resigns amid pressure
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The governor of Tunisia's central bank has resigned after Prime Minister Youssef Chahed set in motion a process to remove him from his post.
Chedli Ayari tendered his resignation Wednesday night, a week after the European Parliament put the North African country on a list of non-EU nations believed to pose a risk of money laundering and terrorist financing.
Tunisia’s bank governor is fired after EU blacklists nation
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's prime minster has removed the governor of its central bank hours after the European Parliament put the North African country on a blacklist of non-EU nations amid fears it posed a risk over money laundering and terrorist financing.
Prime Minister Youssef Chahed proposed Wednesday to replace Chedli Ayari with 58-year-old Marouane El Abassi, currently the representative of Tunisia and Libya to the World Bank.
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.
Death toll from boat collision off Tunisia rises to 25
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The death toll from the collision of a Tunisian navy ship with a wooden boat packed with migrants off the North African country's coast has risen to 25 with the recovery of 17 more bodies, military authorities said Monday.
Tunisia: No sign Marseille attacker had extremist links
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's prime minister said Thursday his government has no evidence that the Tunisian who stabbed two women to death in Marseille had links to any extremist group.
Meeting Thursday with his French counterpart in Tunis, Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed condemned Sunday's attack, saying "there is no justification for such barbaric acts."
Tunisia’s new government seeks stronger economy, security
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's Parliament has approved Youssef Chahed as prime minister along with a new government focused on boosting the economy and fighting terrorism.
Chahed's Cabinet was confirmed Friday night in a 167-22 vote with five abstentions. The government has more women and younger politicians in its mix, but it retains previous ministers in the key posts of defense, interior and foreign affairs.
Tunisia’s newly nominated prime minister presents government
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's newly nominated prime minister has announced that his government will include members of the previous administration in key posts.
Youssef Chahed said Saturday that he was keeping seven ministers of the former government, including Farhat Horchani at defense, Hedi Mejdoub at interior and Khemaies Jhinaoui at foreign affairs.