31 Dec 2021

Tunisia: Ennahda says senior party official ‘kidnapped’

Party Vice President Noureddine Bhairi was kidnapped by plain-clothed security agents in Tunisia according to the moderate Islamist Ennahda. The lawmaker was a senior official in the Ennahda party – the largest group in the suspended Tunisian parliament. This was the first time a member of the Ennahda party has

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29 Sep 2021

Tunisia’s president appoints woman as prime minister in first for Arab world

Two months after he dismantled the previous government and seized executive powers, Tunisian President Kais Saied has appointed Najla Bouden Romdhan as the first female prime minister in the history of Tunisia and the Arab world. This marks the first occasion in which a woman has led a government, stated

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26 Jul 2021

Tunisian democracy in crisis after president ousts government

Tunisia is currently facing its biggest threat to democracy in over a decade after President Kais Saied ousted the government and froze the parliament’s activities on Monday. The move has been labelled as a coup by his critics. Saied released a statement on Sunday in which he invoked the constitution

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02 Oct 2013

Football and the Illusive Stability of Coalition Governments in the MENA States

An Arab Spring political cycle is emerging. Single-party domination gives way to multi-party democracy which crumbles back into single-party domination. Football: An Introductory Anecdote Sitting with a group of western-educated, politically active Tunisians at a restaurant in Tunis, I commented on my surprise at the absence of soccer-playing children. I

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