Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

  • Tunisia PM quits after failing to form new government February 20, 2013

    Tunis: Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigned on Tuesday after failing to replace a government pulled apart by acrimony between his Islamist allies and their secular opponents. Jebali had threatened to quit if his plan for a non-partisan cabinet of technocrats to lead the north African country into early elections...
  • Tunisia's new assembly holds first session November 23, 2011

    Tunis: Tunisia's constitutional assembly, elected after a revolution that inspired the "Arab Spring" uprisings, held its opening session on Tuesday, described by officials as an historic step towards democracy. The assembly, which will sit for a year to draft a new constitution, is dominated by a moderate Islamist party whose election...
  • Tunisians turn out in force for first free vote October 23, 2011

    Tunis: Tunisians turned out in force for their country's first truly free elections on Sunday, voting that is expected to favor a long-banned Islamist party and seen as a bellwether for pro-democracy movements across the Arab world. With soldiers keeping order, no violence was reported near the end of the voting,...
  • Tunisia set to vote in first free elections October 23, 2011

    Tunis: Tunisians are set to vote in elections that are a culmination of a popular uprising that ended decades of authoritarian rule and set off similar rebellions across the Middle East. Tunisians on Sunday will elect an assembly that will appoint a new government and then write the country's constitution to...
  • Three killed in latest Tunisia clashes February 27, 2011

    Tunis: Renewed clashes in Tunisia have left at least three people dead and a dozen injured, the interior ministry said. The demonstrators were killed in violent clashes in Tunis, it said late on Saturday. Until late evening, shots were exchanged between protesters and police in central Tunis, witnesses said. Helicopters were seen...
  • Tunisia: Thousands protest against interim govt February 20, 2011

    Tunis/Paris: Thousands of people took to the streets of Tunis on Sunday to protest against the interim government, which they accuse of being too close to the regime toppled by popular protests in January. Estimates varied, but French media put the total number of demonstrators at between 4,000 and 30,000. The...
  • Canada to extradite relative of Tunisian leader January 29, 2011

    Toronto: Canada has said it will comply with the new Tunisian government's request to extradite the brother-in-law of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Belhassen Trabelsi, a billionaire Tunisian businessman and brother of former first lady Leila Trabelsi, reportedly arrived in Canada last week with his family. Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence...