Tunisia’s outgoing president promises smooth transition

2014-12-25 10:56

Tunisia's outgoing president, Moncef Marzouki, defeated in the country's first democratic presidential election, says he will hand over power in a move aimed at easing post-vote unrest.

88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election

2014-12-22 19:32

An 88-year-old veteran of Tunisia's political establishment has won the country's presidency, according to official results, capping a four-year-long democratic transition.

Tunisia heads to the polls to cap off revolution

2014-12-17 09:50

Tunisians will vote in the second round of a presidential election this weekend, capping off four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since their country sparked the Arab Spring.

Tunisia presidential race to go to December run-off

2014-11-25 20:36

Tunisia's former prime minister Beji Caid Essibsi will face outgoing President Moncef Marzouki in a run-off vote for the presidency in December, the election commission says.

Tunisian troops killed in deadliest attack

2014-07-17 20:20

Assailants have killed 14 Tunisian soldiers near the Algerian border, in the worst such attack in the army's history.

Kerry praises progress in Tunisia

2014-02-18 22:59

US Secretary of State John Kerry has made an unannounced visit to Tunisia to praise democratic progress in the country where the Arab Spring began.

Tunisia leaders, opposition in talks

2013-08-02 07:39

Tunisia's leaders have started talks with opposition and civil society representatives to try to defuse the country's latest political crisis.

Tunisia mourns slain soldiers

2013-07-30 12:32

Tunisia has begun three days of mourning after extremists killed at least eight soldiers.

Tunisia - Belaid killer named

2013-02-28 22:20

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has testified in the murder probe of Chokri Belaid, as a judicial source named the Salafist suspected of the assassination that plunged the country into turmoil.

Marzouki holds crisis talks over new PM

2013-02-20 14:51

President Moncef Marzouki is holding urgent talks with political leaders in a bid to steer Tunisia out of a week-long crisis exacerbated by the resignation of PM Hamadi Jebali.

Malaysian PM on solidarity trip to Gaza

2013-01-22 17:26

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has pledged solidarity with the Palestinians on his first trip to Gaza, and has backed reconciliation efforts between Hamas and Fatah.

Stones thrown at Tunisia leaders

2012-12-17 17:31

Protesters hurled rocks at Tunisia's President Moncef Marzouki and parliamentary speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar in Sidi Bouzid, cradle of the revolution that erupted exactly two years ago.

'No blasphemy clause' in Tunisia charter

2012-10-12 10:58

A controversial blasphemy clause proposed by the ruling Islamist party but opposed by civil society will not be included in Tunisia’s new constitution, the speaker of the Assembly says.

Syria army HQ bombed as UN seeks peace

2012-09-27 09:01

Two bombs have struck the Syrian army headquarters in the heart of Damascus, while US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has appealed for the UN Security Council to find a way to end the conflict.

New Tunisia constitution delayed

2012-08-14 19:56

Tunisia's new constitution will not be adopted before February 2013, the head of the drafting committee says, after earlier announcing that it would be delayed until April.

Panetta offers Tunisia help

2012-07-30 21:55

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says Washington is ready to help Tunisia develop its capacities to combat al-Qaeda, and urged closer regional co-operation in fighting the terror network.

Tunisia not 'in hands of Islamists'

2012-07-18 22:27

President Moncef Marzouki says Tunisia has not fallen into Islamist hands and is pursuing democracy in the wake of its popular uprising.

Libya's jailed ex-PM says he's innocent

2012-07-03 20:59

Muammar Gaddafi's last premier, Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, who was controversially extradited from Tunisia to Libya to face justice, says that he is innocent.

Libyan ex-PM extradition rattles Tunisia

2012-06-25 20:33

Tunisia's post-revolution political alliance is facing its deepest crisis yet after the Islamist prime minister ignored the president's opposition to the extradition of a former top Libyan official.

Syria's Assad 'will go dead or alive'

2012-04-24 12:02

Syria's embattled president Bashar Assad is "finished" and will eventually leave power "dead or alive", his Tunisian counterpart Moncef Marzouki says.

Tunis in shock after 'Black Monday'

2012-04-10 17:19

Tunisia iss in shock after riot police brutally clamped down on protesters defying a demonstration ban in the capital, with even President Moncef Marzouki denouncing "unacceptable violence".

Tunisia repeats offer of asylum for Assad

2012-03-08 14:05

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has repeated his offer of asylum to Bashir al-Assad in an interview yet to be shown, after Russia said the Syrian leader was not welcome there.

Tunisian leader wants early Maghreb summit

2012-02-09 13:10

Tunisia’s new president Monsef Marzouki has paid a visit to his father’s grave on the second day of a visit to Morocco marked by an appeal for reviving the dormant Maghreb Union.

Tunisia's new president to tour Maghreb

2012-02-07 07:34

Tunisia's new president Moncef Marzouki will kick off a tour of neighbouring states with a call for reviving the regional Arab Maghreb Union economic group.

4 guards kidnapped at Libya border

2012-01-02 10:00

The Tunisian news agency says a four-member border patrol was kidnapped by an armed Libyan group but three of the guards quickly escaped.


Defeated Tunisia candidate starts new movement

2014-12-24 09:03

The defeated candidate in Tunisia's presidential run-off has announced a new movement to "prevent the return of despotism".

Tunisia presidential vote nears climax

2014-12-19 16:03

Four years after its revolution sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisia's presidential campaign is nearing its climax with incumbent Moncef Marzouki facing 88-year-old favourite Beji Caid Essebsi in a runoff.

Date set for Tunisia presidential runoff

2014-12-08 16:54

Moncef Marzouki and Beji Caid Essebsi are to face off on 21 December in Tunisia’s second round of presidential voting to decide who leads the nation that sparked the Arab Spring.

Tunisia presidential vote set for close run-off

2014-11-24 21:03

An official under former hardline ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali appears set for a close run-off in Tunisian presidential polls with a rival who says he represents the 2011 Arab Spring.

Morocco king in Tunis

2014-05-31 06:45

Moroccan King Mohamed VI has arrived in Tunis for his first official visit to the country since the January 2011 popular uprising.

Tunisian will free jailed Prophet cartoonist

2013-11-06 14:00

Tunisia's president Moncef Marzouki says he would free a young Tunisian man jailed last year for posting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed online once tensions in the country had eased.

Tunisia urges unity amid violence

2013-07-31 10:49

Tunisia has mourned eight soldiers slain by militants, but appeals from the Islamist-led government for unity and the calling of a December election failed to quell violent protests.

Tunisian army chief retires amid criticism

2013-06-25 11:16

Tunisia's military strongman, who has been criticised for the army's inability to catch a band of al-Qaeda linked militants, has announced his retirement.

Belaid murder probe: Marzouki testifies

2013-02-28 14:22

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has testified in the murder probe of Chokri Belaid, his office says, after the opposition leader’s family said he has received death threats.

Tunisia president scraps Cairo trip

2013-02-06 15:56

President Moncef Marzouki has cancelled his participation in the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation summit in Cairo and is heading back to Tunisia after the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid.

Tunisia against foreign Mali intervention

2013-01-15 17:32

Tunisia's foreign minister says his country is in principle opposed to all non-African military operations on the continent, as France pushed ahead with its assault on armed Islamists in Mali.

Tunisia extends state of emergency

2012-11-01 13:00

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has extended the country's state of emergency, continuing special intervention powers for the police and army after a recent series of attacks.

Islamists 'shifting focus to N Africa'

2012-10-02 16:19

Islamist militants are shifting their focus from southwest Asia to Arab North Africa and stepping up violence in the region, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki says.

Tunisia president's party re-elects head

2012-08-27 14:21

The Congress for the Republic, the party of the Tunisian president, has re-elected as secretary general an ex-minister who quit the government in June, amid simmering tensions.

Tunisia extends state of emergency

2012-08-01 12:33

Tunisia is extending a state of emergency that was first called during street unrest after the fall of the North African nation’s long-time autocratic leader 18 months ago.

Tunisia pardons 1 300 prisoners

2012-07-25 21:34

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has pardoned 1 300 prisoners to mark national day.

Call for unity as Libya counts votes

2012-07-09 16:09

Electoral authorities are finalising the vote count from Libya's first free polls in decades as an architect of the revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi calls for national unity talks.

Deepening cracks in Tunisia – analysts

2012-07-02 20:02

The weekend's resignation of Tunisia's anti-corruption minister from his position is a sign of deepening cracks in the country’s Islamist-led ruling coalition, analysts say.

Tunisian leader cancels foreign trips

2012-06-18 14:50

Tunisia's president Moncef Marzouki has cancelled previously planned foreign trips because of the worsening security situation in the North African country.

Tunisia: Scores must be settled

2012-04-14 21:00

Tunisia has opened a conference calling for justice for the victims of the Ben Ali regime, with its leaders saying that scores must be settled for reconciliation to begin.

'Tension' worries Tunisian leaders

2012-03-19 11:32

Tunisian president's office has warned of attempts to sow divisions inside the country, after a series of incidents that highlight the growing tension between advocates of Islamist and secular values.

Tunisia sees Yemen-style exit for Assad

2012-02-13 07:44

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki says he hopes the bloodshed in Syria could be stooped under a similar scenario to the one which saw Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh relinquish power.

Tunisia president promotes Maghreb union

2012-02-08 21:14

Tunisia's new President Moncef Marzouki has arrived in Morocco to push for a revival of a dormant project to unify the Maghreb region on his first foreign tour since taking office.

Tunisia battles economic problems

2012-01-12 14:42

A year after they ousted a dictator and gave birth to the Arab Spring, Tunisians are still battling pressing social and economic problems but now under democratically elected rulers.

Tunisia's Jews asked to return

2011-12-20 08:41

Tunisia's newly elected president has called for the country's Jewish population to return.

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