Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

  • Tunisia's new assembly holds first session 23-11-2011 06:02 AM

    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...
  • Tunisians turn out in force for first free vote 23-10-2011 10:54 PM

    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...
  • Tunisia set to vote in first free elections 23-10-2011 11:11 AM

    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...
  • Three killed in latest Tunisia clashes 27-02-2011 07:47 AM

    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...
  • Tunisia: Thousands protest against interim govt 20-02-2011 11:53 PM

    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....
  • Canada to extradite relative of Tunisian leader 29-01-2011 09:03 AM

    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...