Tunisia’s transition to democracy hit “roadblock”

Tunisia’s transition to democracy since 2011 has hit a “roadblock”, President of the Independent High Authority for the Election (ISIE) Chafik Sarsar said Tuesday. He criticised the delay in holding the first local elections since the uprising. “Tunisia stood out…through its partially successful transition and it is unacceptable that this march toward democracy be cut short,” Chafik Sarsar told the  daily newspaper  “La Presse”. “Everything is blocked…We have missed a date with history,” he said. Sarsar also criticised the parliament’s delay in adopting an electoral law necessary for holding the country’s…

Tunisian Prime Minister Chahed’Terror No Longer Has a Nationality’

The suspect in the December terror attack in Berlin, which killed 12, came from Tunisia. SPIEGEL spoke to the country’s prime minister, Youssef Chahed, 41, about terrorism in his country and the problems facing its fragile democracy. Interview Conducted by Clemens Höges SPIEGEL: Mr. Prime Minister, how did you react when you learned that the suspected attacker in Berlin was a Tunisian? Chahed: I was appalled by what happened to the Germans, and my first thoughts were with the families of the victims. But the perpetrator, Anis Amri, does not stand for…

Tunisia ‘essential partner’, Italian Interior Minister says

Talks focus on fighting terrorism and illegal immigration The issue of security in the Mediterranean was at the centre of talks between Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti and his Tunisian counterpart Hedi Majdoub in Tunis on Tuesday. “Some of the questions concerning terrorism and illegal migration must be addressed outside our country and Tunisia is an essential partner in joint action against terrorism and human traffickers,” Minniti told Media. “Here I met with the interior minister and premier and our collaboration was extremely profitable: we examined existing cooperation agreements ……

Tunisia builds large prison for returning terror suspects

Tunisian authorities are currently building a large and heavily guarded prison to accommodate Tunisians returning from terrorism hotspots around the world, government sources revealed yesterday. According to the sources, the terror suspects who will be held inside this large prison are going to remain under strict observation and supervision until it can be determined whether they had been radicalised. The source said that the families of those returning are also going to be placed under surveillance in order to undermine any infiltration attempts by Tunisians who enlisted in extremist groups…

Tunisia breaks up militant cell near Sousse

Tunisian security forces said Thursday that they had broken up an Al-Qaeda-linked militant cell with ten members that was active near the coastal city of Sousse. The interior ministry said in a statement that the group had used the Telegram encrypted messaging system to communicate with associates inside and outside Tunisia, and was plotting to carry out “terrorist operations”.. The cell had links to Okba Ibn Nafaa, an Al-Qaeda-linked group based in the Mount Chaambi range near the Algerian border that has claimed attacks against Tunisian security forces, the statement…

Government breaks silence: “the government refuses the return of the terrorists” Chahed

The government finally resolved the issue of the return of terrorists from the hotbeds of tension. In an exclusive statement to the National Channel One news, on Thursday (December 29th), Youssef Chahed affirmed that “the government refuses the return of the terrorists. However, those who will get through the cracks will be immediately arrested and brought before the courts to be tried under the Organic Law on the Fight against Terrorism. “We have a nominative list of all the terrorists in the conflict zones,” he said. He added that “all…

Tunisia to decide on plan against returning extremists

Tunisian ministers will meet Thursday to decide on an action plan against extremists returning from foreign battlefields, a government source said, as fears mount they could destabilize the North African country. The ministerial meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed follows a number of gatherings between security and judicial experts on the matter. “There will be a ministerial meeting tomorrow with a view to launching a strategic action plan,” the source in the prime minister’s told media Wednesday. The United Nations estimates that more than 5,500 Tunisians are…

Tunisian State to strengthen monitoring of State lands likely to host terrorists

Tunisian Secretary of State to the Minister of Finance in charge of Public Property and Land Affairs Mabrouk Korchid  announced he would deploy all efforts to optimize control over state lands around mountain areas, to prevent terrorists from settling there. “These lands, especially those nearing military buffer zones, must be put strictly monitored to insure they do not become hideouts for terrorists. The Secretary of State to the Minister of Finance in charge of Public Property and Land Affairs will present the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior and other competent authorities, with…

Tunisians against return of those who joined ranks of jihadist groups in hotbeds of tension

Tunisian women shout slogans during a demonstration outside the House of the People’s Representatives (HPR-parliament) in Bardo, Tunis, against allowing Tunisians who joined the ranks of jihadist groups in hotbeds of  tension to return to the country. They wave banderoles written in Arabic : ”No to terrorism”. Men and women, young and old, students, teachers, journalists and lawyers gathered, Saturday in front of the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) to express their categorical refusal of the return of Tunisians from hotbeds of tension. They also pleaded against any transformation of…

Three terrorists with ties to Berlin market attacker arrested

A three-member terrorist cell with ties to Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri was dismantled Friday. Aged 18 to 27, the terrorists were operating in Fouchena (Ben Arous) and El-Oueslatia (Kairouan), the Interior Ministry Saturday said in a press release. It emerged from the investigation that one member of the terror cell is a nephew of Anis Amri. He confessed to” having been in permanent contact with his uncle through Telegram to avoid police control,” further reads the press release. Amri convinced his nephew to embrace the takfiri ideology and…