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Ex-Bourguiba minister elected Tunisia parliament speaker

Ex-Bourguiba minister elected Tunisia parliament speaker

  Tunis (AFP)- Tunisia’s first parliament since the 2011 revolution on Thursday elected veteran politician Mohamed Ennaceur, 80, of anti-Islamist party Nidaa Tounes as house speaker. Ennaceur, the sole candidate, won 174 votes from the 214 MPs in attendance. In a brief...

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Tunisia's first parliament after revolution opens session

Tunisia's first parliament after revolution opens session

(Reuters)- Tunisia's first full elected parliament held its opening session on Tuesday with a challenge to implement the democracy its people sought when they marched in the 2011 revolt against autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. The country that saw the first of the Arab Spring...

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Islamist militants kill Tunisian policeman near Algerian border

Islamist militants kill Tunisian policeman near Algerian border

(Reuters) - Islamist militants beheaded a Tunisian policeman after he was kidnapped near the Algerian border late on Sunday, officials said on Monday. The government has tightened security as it prepares for a presidential election runoff this month between incumbent Moncef...

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Tunisia's Marzouki appeals 1st-round poll results

Tunisia's Marzouki appeals 1st-round poll results

Tunisian presidential hopeful Moncef Marzouki on Friday lodged an appeal against the results of the first round of this week's presidential poll with the country's electoral commission, according to a source with Marzouki's campaign. The move has led to the postponement of the...

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Tunisia's Essebsi wins first presidential round, heads for run-off

Tunisia's Essebsi wins first presidential round, heads for run-off

(Reuters) - Tunisian secularist leader Beji Caid Essebsi beat incumbent President Moncef Marzouki in the first round of landmark presidential elections, but the two men will have to meet again in a December run-off, early results showed on Tuesday. Essebsi, from the Nidaa...

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Tunisia polls: Sebsi wins 39.5%, Marzouki gets 33.4%

Tunisia polls: Sebsi wins 39.5%, Marzouki gets 33.4%

After counting nearly 95 percent of votes in Tunisia's presidential election, Beji Caid el-Sebsi, head of the centrist Nidaa Tounes party, won 39.5 percent of votes followed by interim president Moncef Marzouki. A tally conducted by Anadolu Agency showed that Marzouki came...

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Tunisia presidential vote heads into close run-off

Tunisia presidential vote heads into close run-off

(Reuters) - 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" uprising that toppled him. Preliminary results in the country's first...

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Tunisians vote for first freely elected president

Tunisians vote for first freely elected president

(Reuters) - Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly elected president, in the final step to be taken to full democracy after the 2011 revolution that ended the rule of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. More than three years since overturning Ben Ali's...

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Two frontrunners emerge in Tunisia's presidential vote

Two frontrunners emerge in Tunisia's presidential vote

  (Reuters) - Tunisians vote on Sunday in a presidential election pitting an ex-official from the days of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali against a rights activist appealing to the spirit of the 2011 revolt that ousted him. Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old former Ben Ali...

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Libya's PM: Muslims Brotherhood retreats, people eye on justice state

Libya's PM: Muslims Brotherhood retreats, people eye on justice state

  (Zaman Al Wasl)- Libya’s Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani told   Zaman al-Wasl that the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya would be worse than the rule of Muammar Gaddafi. Al-Thani pointing out that the practices and abuses...

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Tunisians prepare to elect new president

Tunisians prepare to elect new president

 Tunisians are preparing to cast their ballots on Sunday to elect a new president in a vote billed as the country's first free and fair presidential election. Twenty-seven presidential candidates are vying for office in the weekend vote, the last phase of Tunisia's...

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Egypt to try five students in military court on riot charges

Egypt to try five students in military court on riot charges

(Reuters) - Five Egyptian students were transferred to a military court on Sunday on charges of rioting at a university, a judicial source said, weeks after a law was passed allowing military trials of civilians for damaging state property. A Cairo criminal court transferred...

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2nd Brotherhood member dies in Egypt prison this week

2nd Brotherhood member dies in Egypt prison this week

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said Friday that a second member had died in prison this week. Abu Bakr al-Qadi, 64, died in prison in the Upper Egyptian province of Qena late Friday from stomach cancer, the Islamist movement said in a statement. The group accused security...

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Egypt militant group posts video of attack on army checkpoint

Egypt militant group posts video of attack on army checkpoint

(Reuters) - Egypt's most dangerous militant group on Friday posted its first video message since pledging allegiance to Islamic State, with footage purporting to show that the group was behind one of the most deadly attacks on Egyptian security forces in years. The nearly...

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Bombs explode near Egyptian, UAE embassies in Libyan capital

Bombs explode near Egyptian, UAE embassies in Libyan capital

(Reuters) - Bombs exploded near the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates embassies in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Thursday though there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage in the attacks. The blasts followed a series of car bombs on Wednesday mainly in...

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Libya's top court dissolves elected parliament

Libya's top court dissolves elected parliament

Libya's supreme constitutional court on Thursday formally dissolved the country's recently-elected House of Representatives (parliament). A number of lawmakers had asked the court in June to rule on the constitutionality of the assembly, which was elected in June. There has...

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Three Tunisian soldiers killed in suspected Islamist attack

Three Tunisian soldiers killed in suspected Islamist attack

(Reuters) - Three Tunisian soldiers were killed and 12 others were wounded on Wednesday in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a bus carrying soldiers in Kef near the Algerian border, the Defense Ministry said. The attack came while Tunisia preparing its first free...

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Heavy fighting near seaport of Libyan city Benghazi, navy ship hit

Heavy fighting near seaport of Libyan city Benghazi, navy ship hit

(Reuters) - A Libyan navy ship was hit and 13 people killed during heavy fighting with aircraft and tanks on Monday between the army and Islamist militants near the port of Benghazi, residents of the Mediterranean city said. The battle was part of a wider conflict in the North...

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