Tunisia ruling party suspends PM’s membership after row with president’s son

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, Sept 15 : Tunisia’s ruling Nidaa Tounes party said on Friday it had frozen the prime minister’s membership in the latest escalation in a row between the prime minister and the president’s son. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said in May that the president’s son, Hafedh Caid Essebsi, had destroyed the ruling […]

Tunisian energy minister, officials sacked over graft accusations – source

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, Aug 31 : Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed sacked the energy minister, Khaled Kaddour, and four other senior officials linked to that ministry on Friday over corruption accusations, an official source said. Chahed ordered the merger of the ministries of energy and industry and launched an investigation into the accusations, the […]

Tunisia’s president says PM should quit if crisis continues

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, July 15 : Tunisia’s president called on Sunday for Prime Minister Youssef Chahed to step down or seek a confidence quote if the country’s political and economic crisis continues, withdrawing his support for the premier, who has clashed with the president’s son. President Beji Caid Essebsi’s son, Hafedh Caid Essebsi, who […]

Tunisia ruling coalition fails to agree on economic reforms, cabinet reshuffle

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, May 28 : Tunisia’s ruling coalition has failed to agree on a new economic reform plan and a cabinet reshuffle, officials said on Monday, in a new political setback as the International Monetary Funds (IMF) prepares to review the next loan tranche. The North African country has been hailed as the […]

Independent candidates get most votes in Tunisia’s municipal election

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, May 8 : Independent candidates in Tunisia’s first free municipal election gained more votes than major parties Ennahda and Nidaa Tounes, officials said on Tuesday citing preliminary results. Sunday’s election is seen as key to a democratic transition and a chance to establish decentralization and local governance. Tunisia is hailed as […]

Tunisia sees record tourist numbers in 2018 as attack effect fades

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, Feb 21 : Tourist numbers to Tunisia will hit a record high this year, fully reversing the damage inflicted on the sector by attacks on holidaymakers in 2015, the tourism minister said on Wednesday. After three years of shunning Tunisia in the wake of a gun attack on a beach in […]