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Tunisia’s crisis tests Biden’s democracy agenda

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Tunisia's Saied moves on economy and Covid-19 after dismissing government

Tunisia's president said on Wednesday he was addressing the country's dire economic and Covid-19 situation, and probing widespread corruption after invoking emergency powers on Sunday to seize control of government in a move his foes called a coup. President Kais Saied justified the moves, which included dismissing the prime minister...
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‘We are all kind of scared’: After president takes over all of government, Tunisians wonder what’s next

The developments represent the biggest challenge to Tunisia's democracy since it was forged in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring protests. President Kais Saied has stripped parliament members of their immunity from prosecution and announced a strict nationwide month-long curfew from 7pm to 6am, and a ban on gatherings of more than three people in public spaces.

UAE expresses full confidence and support for Tunisia -statement

CAIRO, July 29 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates' foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed expressed his country's full confidence and support for Tunisia in a phone call with his Tunisian counterpart, bin Zayed's office said in a tweet on Thursday. Reporting by Alaa Swilam Editing by Chris Reese. Our...

Power Struggle In Tunisia Threatens The Country's Fragile Democracy

Tunisia's fragile democracy is put to the test as the president shuts down parliament — drawing praise from crowds in the streets but also accusations of an attempted coup. A power struggle this week in Tunisia threatens the fragile democracy that was one of the only bright spots in the 2011 Arab Spring. That was the movement a decade ago to oust dictators across the Middle East. Tunisia managed to remove its leader and avoid war or a return to authoritarianism. But yesterday, the president shut down parliament, sending military vehicles to send the message, and claimed to throw out the prime minister. NPR's Ruth Sherlock joins us now from Beirut.

Tunisian teen wins surprise Olympic swimming gold

TOKYO (AP) — Nobody was watching Ahmed Hafnaoui in lane eight of the Olympic pool. All eyes were on the Tunisian teenager at the finish. Hafnaoui was the stunning winner of the 400-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Games on Sunday, beating a field of faster and older swimmers. The 18-year-old finished in 3 minutes, 43.26 seconds, punctuating his victory with loud yelling that echoed in the mostly empty 15,000-seat arena.