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The Tunisian revolution seven years on

Thirty years last November Zine el Abidine Ben Ali assumed power in Tunisia ending thereby the rule of ailing Habib Bourguiba who ruled the country since its independence in 1956. Ben Ali promised political reforms that lured large segments of the...

/ January 14, 2018

Leon’s Libyan Dialogue Encounters Hurdles along the Road to Geneva

UNSMIL announced over the weekend that a new round of Libyan political dialogue would take place in Geneva on Wednesday 14 January, this week. Despite the shuttle diplomacy effort, that Bernardino Leon seems to have carried out to consult with...

/ December 10, 2015

Libya: Algiers renews its Engagement in the Libyan Dialogue Process

The first two weeks of Martin Kobler’s leadership of UNSMIL have been a period of intense diplomatic activity. Kobler has already indicated that he will start his mediation efforts where his predecessor left off, but made it clear that “Leon...

/ November 30, 2015

Tunisia: Bloody Attack on Presidential Guard Prompts Stringent Security Measures

The bloody attack in Tunis on 24 November, which killed a dozen presidential guards, prompted a series of new security measures from the government. The Tunisian government raised the security alert to the highest (third) level, including an 8-hour curfew...

/ November 24, 2015

Tunisia: President Beji Essebsi Weighs in Again to Resolve Nidaa Party’s Crisis

The political crisis within Nidaa Tounes persists, and it seems that the attack in Tunis did not slow the escalation of the crisis with Nidaa Tounes. Indeed, the rivalry between the Hafedh Essebsi group and Mouhcen Merzouk loyalists led to...

/ November 24, 2015

Lybia: Kobler takes over Leon’s unfinished Job

German career diplomat Martin Kobler has taken over the duties of Bernardino Leon as UN envoy to Libya. The change came following what Libyan affairs observers considered a Libya-gate scandal in the wake of the leaked emails of Leon, obtained...

/ November 17, 2015

Tunisia: Nidaa Tounes on the Brink of Disintegration?

The crisis within the ruling party Nidaa Tounes over the holding of a constituent congress meeting persists. The power struggle over the leadership of the party between what have come to be called the Leftist camp and the Destourian camp...

/ November 11, 2015

Tunisia: Crisis at Nidaa Tounes Party

Until recently limited to political differences, the crisis within Nidaa Tounes party turned violent and when a group of thugs attacked a hotel, where the executive bureau of the party was preparing to hold a meeting, at Hammamat, last Sunday....

/ November 1, 2015