Blog archive: Tunisia

  • 13th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There's an intriguing tale about Tunisia on the French-language blog, Chakchouka Tunisienne, and I'm hoping readers may be able to shed some more light on it. It says a businessman in Sfax was getting married and invited  Belhassen Trabelsi, the president's brother-in-law to his...
  • 30th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    To the surprise of nobody, President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has  formally declared his candidacy in Tunisia’s presidential election on October 25. This will give him another five-year term, taking him up to the age of 77. In 2004, he secured more than 94% of the vote against three...
  • 21st August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    With a presidential “election” coming up in Tunisia in October, you might think Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s position looks secure. The 72-year-old dictator has been in power since 1987 and the last time he sought a popular mandate, in 2004, he secured an incredible 94.48% of the votes. But...

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