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Tunisia candidate refuses to concede

Tunisia candidate refuses to concede

  Moncef Marzouki has refused to admit defeat in Tunisia's first free presidential election after exit polls suggested Beji Caid Essebsi had won. The caretaker president, a former exile, said his rival's declaration of victory was "undemocratic". Essebsi, 88, has been celebrating with supporters, telling them all Tunisians now need to "work together", and promising to...

Tunisians choose president in run-off elections

Tunisians choose president in run-off elections

Voters in Tunisia are choosing their first freely elected president in a run-off election seen as a landmark in the country's move to democracy. Beji Caid Essebsi, who won the first round with 39% of the vote, is challenging interim leader Moncef Marzouki.  Essebsi represents the secular-leaning Nidaa Tounes party. Tunisia was the first country to...

Nidaa Tounes party wins Tunisia polls

Nidaa Tounes party wins Tunisia polls

Tunisia's secularist party Nidaa Tounes has won 85 seats in the country's parliament following Sunday's elections, official results show. The governing Islamist Ennahda party won 69 seats in the 217-seat chamber. The official results confirm earlier predictions and Ennahda officials have already urges Nidaa Tounes to form an inclusive government. Tunisia's transition to democratic rule after...

Bangladesh substantially narrows gender gap: WEF

Bangladesh substantially narrows gender gap: WEF

Bangladesh has substantially narrowed the gender gap, scoring 11 percent higher over just eight years, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) today. The results were achieved by ensuring wider female participation in the economic sphere and creating access to better health and education service, the WEF report said. Bangladesh has...

Tunisian mystery 'lake' turns tourist attraction in the middle of desert

Tunisian mystery 'lake' turns tourist attraction in the middle of desert

A mysterious lake that appeared suddenly in the Tunisian desert has created an impromptu “beach” in the drought-ridden country, reports The Independent. No explanation has been given for the sudden appearance of “Gafsa Beach”, which was discovered by shepherds three weeks ago. Authorities have warned that the water, which started off a crystalline blue and...

Tunisia's successes and Egypt's regressions

ON January 26, 2014, the Constituent Assembly of Tunisia voted overwhelmingly [200 out of 217] to approve the most liberal democratic constitution in the Middle East. The constitution protects civil liberties, establishes separation of powers and proper checks and balances, and guarantees gender equality in socio-political processes. Paradoxically enough, the dominant group in the Assembly consists of Islamists. The charter is an outcome of a long-protracted process of negotiation, consensus and trust-building between Islamists and secularists. A Turkish New York...

Libyan military plane crashes in Tunisia, 11 killed

Libyan military plane crashes in Tunisia, 11 killed

A Libyan military plane carrying medical patients crashed early on Friday near Tunisia's capital, killing all 11 crew and passengers on board after an engine failure, Tunisian authorities said. The Antonov aircraft went down after the pilot tried to land in farmland near Grombalia town south of Tunis, the TAP state news agency reported. Six...

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