Tunisians shun Islamists in vote for stability

Oct 28, 2014

Tunisians shun Islamists in vote for stability

Tunisia’s well-organized Islamists have been defeated in parliamentary elections, paying the price for the turbulent years they ruled after the Arab Spring that saw the rise of terrorist groups in this North African nation. Voters sought security and stability with familiar faces from Tunisia’s ...

Aug 11, 2014

Tunisia's fishermen save rising tide of migrants

The fishermen of this small North African port are used to catching sea bass and sea bream in their nets, but lately they’ve been hauling in something else: shipwrecked migrants fleeing war-ravaged Libya on flimsy boats. Chamseddine Bourassine, a Tunisian fisherman in his 50s, ...

Apr 8, 2014

In Tunisia, fake virgins get spliced

It happens every April ahead of the popular summer marriage season, says Tunisian gynecologist Dr. Faouzi Hajri — desperate brides-to-be beg for surgery to make them “virgins” again for their wedding night. Fearing rejection as “used” women in a conservative Muslim country where premarital ...

Jan 27, 2014

A glance at Tunisia's new charter

The role of Islam The Islamists from Ali Larayedh’s Ennahda party, which headed the outgoing government, renounced previous demands to enshrine Shariah Islamic law in the constitution. But the new document contains several references to religion, leaving certain parts open to interpretation. The charter ...

PM's thin resume may be blessing for Tunisia

Jan 27, 2014

PM's thin resume may be blessing for Tunisia

Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa, who presented the president Sunday with his Cabinet of independents under a road map to end a political deadlock, now faces the daunting task of organizing elections this year in a nation that has been gripped by strikes and ...

Jan 27, 2014

Key events in Tunisia since the fall of Ben Ali

Key events in Tunisia since the Arab Spring revolution that drove President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali out after 23 years in power and sparked popular uprisings across the Arab world: Jan. 14, 2011: Ben Ali flees to Saudi Arabia with his family, becoming the ...

'Death threat' halts Tunisia constitution debate

Jan 6, 2014

'Death threat' halts Tunisia constitution debate

Debate on Tunisia’s new constitution was suspended for several hours Sunday after a deputy claimed he had received death threats because a colleague accused him of being an “enemy of Islam.” The upshot of the raucous proceedings was that opposition members of the National ...