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Nidaa Tunis’ power struggle gets new twist
September 23, 2018
Tunisia’s ruling party, Nidaa Tunis, froze the membership of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Sept. 14. The decision came after Chahed refused to answer a questionnaire by Nidaa Tunis clarifying the nature of his relationship with the party. A week earlier, on Sept. 8, eight parliamentarians from Nidaa Tunis' bloc of 56 parliament members submitted their resignations from the bloc. Parliament member Mohammed al-Rashdi, one of the eight, told the Tunis-Afrique Presse news agency that they will join the National Coalition, a new bloc initially composed of 33 parliament members supporting the government of Youssef Chahed. The National Coalition bloc was formed Sept. 7 by independents and resigning members from political parties such as Machrouu Tunis and Free Patriotic Union. The 217-seat Tunisian parliament is made up of eight blocs; Ennahda bloc......
Tunisia: Chahed Preparing to Form New Political Party
September 23, 2018

Tunisia is bracing for the birth of a new political party after the Nidaa Tounes party suspended the membership of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed last week.

The new party will represent the largest parliamentary bloc, the “National Coalition”, which supports Chahed’s government.

The recently formed coalition is composed of 43 lawmakers, including independent MPs and"...

Tunisia hits Maersk defending small ones
September 23, 2018

Maersk Line confirmed detention of one of its’ ships, ALEXANDER MAERSK, at Sfax, Tunisia, on Sep 10:
“This is related to different claims cases which we are looking into and have informed our insurance company about. We cooperate with all relevant authorities to resolve the matter as quickly as possible,” said Maersk.
According to Tunisian sources, the ship was arrested in favor"...

September 23, 2018

Six Tunisian fishermen arrested earlier this month by Italian authorities for 'aiding illegal migrants' have been cleared.

One of the men's lawyers and their fishermen's association confirmed the acquittal to the BBC.

The arrests outraged Tunisian fishermen and activists who demanded their release.


September 23, 2018

Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui will lead a delegation to the high-level meetings of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 23-October 1, on the theme: “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.'

According to a Foreign Ministry press release Saturday, this new session is an opportunity to mobilise support"...

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