Blog archive: Tunisia

  • 19th July 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Tunisian parliament in session With a new constitution in place, Tunisia is preparing for parliamentary and presidential elections later this year. In the article below, Karina Piser looks at the state of the country's political parties – and finds them lacking in credible political...
  • 3rd November 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Ahmed Mestiri: too old for the job?   Twelve hours of talks in Tunisia on Saturday failed to deliver the promised announcement of a new prime minister. The negotiations, which are part of a roadmap aimed at resolving the country's political crisis,...
  • 6th October 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Tunisian leaders yesterday agreed on a road map aimed at resolving the country's political crisis. The plan, which requires the Islamist-led government to hand over power to a technocratic caretaker administration, has been widely hailed as a preferable alternative to the military...
  • 27th July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Protesters take over the Muslim Brotherhood's Justice and Development Party building in Tripoli. Photo posted on Twitter. All three of North Africa's "Arab Spring" countries are now in a state of crisis. While media attention, for obvious reasons, is focused mostly on the carnage...
  • 18th March 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
         Two people are in custody in Tunisia and six more are being sought by the authorities in connection with a rap music video entitled "Boulicia Kleb" (Police are Dogs). According to the interior ministry, the public prosecutor in Ben Arous began a criminal...
  • 17th December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Silenced no more: Students at an engineering institute in Tunis arranged themselves to spell out the words "Tunus hurra" (Free Tunisia). January 3, 2011.    It was two years ago today that Mohamed Bouazizi, an unemployed street vendor, set himself on fire in Tunisia after police...
  • 9th December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Away from the continuing drama in Egypt, Tunisia's Islamist-led government is also in trouble. In many ways the developing conflict in Tunisia is similar to that of Egypt: protests have broken out against a government which seems more interested in pursuing its religious agenda than solving the...
  • 3rd November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In the first of the "Arab Spring" countries – Tunisia and Egypt – political debate now centres on the drafting of a new constitution. In both cases there is much discussion about the role of Islam in relation to the state and the rights of women (here and here, for example). But there is...
  • 12th December 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The approval of a "mini-constitution" by Tunisia's newly-elected constituent assembly has been largely overlooked by western media, along with the controversy inside Tunisia about its discriminatory content. The 26-clause document, intended to pave the way for appointing a president and...
  • 21st November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Ennahda (al-Nahda) party, which won the largest number of seats in the recent Tunisian election, has declared its support for the counter-revolutionary forces in Bahrain, according to the official Bahrain News Agency. A report from the agency says the party's political bureau "...
  • 18th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It's almost a year since I wrote a series of blog posts about the scandal of human trafficking in the Sinai desert of Egypt, and the Mubarak regime's ludicrous denials than anything untoward was happening (here, here, here and here). Well, the trafficking is still going on...
  • 17th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    TUNISIA After some delay, the definitive results in Tunisia's hung election were announced earlier this week. There are some minor changes (the Ennahda party has 89 seats out of 217 – one less than originally reported). The Tunisia Live website has produced useful a graphic showing...

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