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Setback For Tunisia’s #Metoo Movement As New MP Gets Immunity

Setback For Tunisia’s #Metoo Movement As New MP Gets Immunity

A Tunisian politician accused of sexual harassment gained legal immunity on Wednesday when he was sworn in as a new member of the national parliament, in a setback for the country’s burgeoning #MeToo movement. Zouheir Makhlouf faces possible charges of sexual harassment and public indecency after a 19-year-old student posted photos on social media purportedly […]

Tunisians Vote For New President

Tunisians Vote For New President

Tunisians voted Sunday to select their next president among some two dozen candidates with unofficial results suggesting two outsider candidates are ahead. More than seven million people were eligible to cast their ballot in what is only the North African country’s second free presidential election, eight years after its so-called Jasmine Revolution. A steady stream […]

MKSS Kicks Off ‘Micro Flavour Project’ To Help Fight Against Violence Through Rap Music

MKSS Kicks Off ‘Micro Flavour Project’ To Help Fight Against Violence Through Rap Music

 The European organisation MK-Sustainable Solutions (MKSS) announced Friday the launch of its “Micro Flavour” pilot project aimed at spreading positive messages to young people and fight against violence through rap. Launched in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Tunis, this project aims to bring youth out […]

Tunisians Vote In First Free Municipal EBlections

Tunisians Vote In First Free Municipal EBlections

Tunisians voted on Sunday in their first free municipal elections, another step in a democratic transition that has become marred by disappointment over a lack of jobs and economic opportunities. The Islamist Ennahda and secular Nidaa Tounis parties, which form a coalition at national level, are expected to dominate the polls for 350 municipalities. Tunisia […]

The Islamic Development Bank to Finance $185 mln Projects in Tunisia

The Islamic Development Bank to Finance $185 mln Projects in Tunisia

The Islamic Development Bank has agreed on Sunday to lend Tunisia $185 million to finance developments including an electricity project, an official told Reuters. The bank agreed to finance an electricity link worth $150 as well as the construction of hospitals in Kasserine and Kef worth $34 million. The agreement will be signed on Thursday […]

Tunisia’s PM Urges Calm as Austerity Protests Turn Deadly

Tunisia’s PM Urges Calm as Austerity Protests Turn Deadly

Tunisia’s premier called for calm on Tuesday and promised that economic hardships would ease next year after the country’s main opposition party urged Tunisians to step up demonstrations against rising prices that have left one protester dead. Hundreds of Tunisians poured into the center of the capital on Tuesday, a day after clashes with security […]

Lebanon Joins Jordan and Tunisia In Fight Against Rapists Impunity

Lebanon Joins Jordan and Tunisia In Fight Against Rapists Impunity

 The top United Nations human rights official hailed the repeal of laws in Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan that used to allow rapists to avoid criminal prosecution by marrying their victims. “To punish a rape victim by making her marry the perpetrator of a horrible crime against her – there is no place in today’s world […]

Regional Partners Pledge Billions In Help For Tunisia

Regional Partners Pledge Billions In Help For Tunisia

Qatar said it would provide $1.25 billion in aid to shore up Tunisia’s post-revolution economy as regional and Western partners pledged extensive financial backing at an investment conference on Tuesday. The money from Qatar, announced by the emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, is the biggest single offer of aid to Tunisia since a 2011 […]

Marginalised Tunisian Youth Encouraged To Choose Graffiti Over Isis

Marginalised Tunisian Youth Encouraged To Choose Graffiti Over Isis

It’s lunchtime in the Tunisian city of Kasserine. From plastic chairs at a pavement cafe on the city’s main thoroughfare, a group of young men are watching the heavily-armed guards patrol the city’s best hotel. Here in Tunisia’s second-biggest city, security is paramount. It’s only a few hours’ drive east from the Algerian border and […]