Nabil Karoui, who is seen as a top candidate in Tunisia’s presidential elections, has started a hunger strike in prison, his lawyer said on Thursday. Karoui, who owns Nessma TV channel, was detained on Aug. 23 on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering. “Karoui started an open-ended hunger strike on Wednesday to demand his right to vote on Sunday,” lawyer Ridha Belhadj said.
Separately, ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was hospitalized for a “health crisis,” his lawyer said. Ben Ali has been living in exile in Saudi Arabia since the 2011 popular uprising in Tunisia that began the Arab Spring. Read More
Algeria’s army chief, Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah, on Monday called for presidential elections later this year as protests continue despite the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Saleh said the electoral commission will “issue a call on Sept. 15,” setting up elections for December. Bouteflika stepped down in April after weeks of protests against his bid for a fifth term. New elections had been scheduled for July, but were postponed in the absence of candidates. Read More
On September 15 Tunisia will hold a presidential election brought forward two months by the unexpected death of patriarchal President Beji Caid Essebsi. Here are seven keys to understanding the campaigns and what Tunisians are looking for in candidates.
The last-minute decision of Ennahda leader Rachid Ghannouchi to run in this year’s legislative elections in Tunisia has ruffled feathers in the Islamist movement.
Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi died on Wednesdays after he was hospitalized for the second time in less than a month. Essebsi has been a prominent figure in Tunisian politics since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The 92-year-old president had only appeared in public twice since his last hospitalization in June. Tunisia plans to hold presidential and parliamentary elections later this year. Read More
Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed hosted the head of Libya’s internationally recognized government, Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, in Tunis on Wednesday. Chahed stressed the need to reach a political solution to the violence between Sarraj’s government and Khalifa Hifter, a warlord backing Libya’s eastern government. Hifter has been leading an offensive against Sarraj’s government in Tripoli since April. Read More
Algeria’s army chief, Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah, on Tuesday rejected preconditions by protesters for talks to end the political crisis. “There is no more time to lose,” Salah said in a televised speech, stressing the need to hold a dialogue without any conditions. Protests in Algeria continue despite the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as Algerians seek a transition to democracy and the trial of regime figures. They are also demanding the release of people arrested in connection with the demonstrations and an end to the censorship of their movement before holding any dialogue that would pave the way for presidential elections. Read More
An Algerian court on Thursday ordered the detention of a prominent opposition figure as part of an anti-graft investigation. Karim Tabou is accused of “contributing to weakening the army’s morale.” The order is the latest in a series of arrests against figures linked to the former regime of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and opposition leaders. Read More