Blog archive: Tunisia

  • 15th June 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Regional round-up ● Saudi Arabia reported 4,233 new Covid-19 infections yesterday – the kingdom's highest daily total so far. Around 40% of the new cases are in the capital, Riyadh, and according to the health ministry they were found mainly "among young people who may not have been...
  • 11th June 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    With no new cases reported during the last seven days, Tunisia looks like becoming the first Arab country to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. This is good news for the tourism industry, raising hopes that European holidaymakers will soon be flocking once again to its beaches. By global...
  • 28th May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Health authorities in Algeria and Morocco say they intend to continue treating Covid-19 patients with anti-malaria drugs despite safety concerns raised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Algeria claims to have had "great success" using hydroxychloroquine in combination with antibiotics...
  • 23rd May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yesterday Tunisia's health ministry announced the results of 1,320 Covid-19 tests. Only six were positive and of those, only two were new cases. The other four were re-tests of people previously diagnosed with the virus. “Our country has succeeded in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic,” prime...
  • 12th May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yesterday, for the first time since March 8, Tunisia reported no new cases of Covid-19. This is just one of several hopeful signs that the virus is receding. Official figures show the recovery rate is now higher than the infection rate, and the number of currently-active cases has more than...
  • 23rd March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Four Arab countries have now declared nationwide curfews in an effort to check the spread of coronavirus. In Kuwait, a night-time curfew – from 5pm to 4am – came into effect on Sunday. The deputy prime minister said the move was regrettable but had become necessary because people were "failing...
  • 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...

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