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Tunisia gears up for electing new president

Tunisia is holding its second free presidential poll since the 2011 uprising that toppled ex-president Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring. It was brought forward from November after the death in July of Beji Caid Essebsi, the first…

Tunisia announces approval of 26 presidential candidates

Tunisia’s electoral commission said on Wednesday it had approved 26 candidates including two women for next month’s presidential election, rejecting 71 other applicants. The September 15 vote follows the death last month of Beji Caid…

Tunisian dancer runs for president, wants to ban hijab

Tunisian dancer, Nermine Sfar, has announced her intention to stand for president, unveiling a controversial electoral programme for the country’s polls due on September 15. The 21-year-old artist, known for her risque shows, has said…

US embassy in Tunisia shuts doors due to security reasons

The US Embassy in Tunisia closed doors to the public on Monday due to security reasons. "Due to security concerns, the US Embassy will be closed to the public on Monday, July 1st, except for emergency services," the embassy said in a…

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