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Thousands rally against Tunisia president’s ‘coup’


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Tunisia puts military on vaccination duty as cases soar


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20 migrants dead off Tunisia after boat sinks, more missing


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Tunisia in Transition Braces for IMF Visit as Funding Needs Rise

Tunisia in Transition Braces for IMF Visit as Funding Needs Rise(Bloomberg) — Tunisia’s turbulent political scene faces a new potential obstacle, as the government prepares to receive an IMF mission to discuss its economic program while also planning to raise external financing by about 10%.The International Monetary Fund’s mission is slated to begin Oct. 8, five days before a tightly contested presidential run-off vote between two political outsiders. Around the same time, parliament is due to start discussing a draft budget for 2020.That document will likely be a key issue for the IMF before it approves the next installment of a $ 2.9 billion loan it extended to Tunisia in 2016. The government has butted heads with the Washington-based lender over enacting its program before, as it tries to balance spending cuts with keeping a lid on discontent spurred by issues such as high youth unemployment.Economic growth slowed to 1.1% in the first six months of 2019, less than half the pace of expansion during the same period the year before. Tunisia’s 2011 ouster of then-leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was the spark for the Arab Spring that roiled the region, but the subsequent failures of nine consecutive governments paved the way for the drubbing of veteran politicians in last month’s presidential elections.Under the draft budget, the North African country will require 8.8 billion dinars ($ 3.1 billion) in external financing and another 3 billion dinars in domestic funding, according to an official familiar with the government’s plans. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the figures have yet to be made public. External financing needs were 8 billion dinars in 2019.The next review could contain “commitments” by the government “on the choices and reforms to be undertaken,” Major Reforms Minister Taoufik Rajhi was quoted as saying by the state-run TAP news agency. “The sixth review is necessary to ensure the financing of the 2020 budget.”Separately, Rajhi told Bloomberg that no decision had been taken on the methods, size or timing of the potential external funding. Tunisia sold 700 million euros ($ 766 million) in international bonds in July.IMF Urges Tunisia Discipline After Flouting of Wages AdvicePrevious run-ins between the government and IMF have resulted in the delay of the payout of at least one loan installment, further squeezing the country’s finances and leaving it for a time with reserves to cover less than three months of imports.To contact the reporter on this story: Jihen Laghmari in Cairo at jlaghmari@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net, Tarek El-Tablawy, Michael GunnFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Tunisia says it will coordinate Arab response to U.S. move on Golan

Tunisia says it will coordinate Arab response to U.S. move on GolanTunisia will coordinate with fellow Arab countries to contain any fallout from the U.S. decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said on Friday. “We will work with fellow Arab countries and the international community to contain the expected repercussions of this decision in the various regional and international forums,” Jhinaoui told the meeting in Tunis.



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Saudi Arabia Agrees to $500 Million Soft Loan to Tunisia

Saudi Arabia Agrees to $  500 Million Soft Loan to TunisiaThe interest rate has yet to be decided, the official said, declining to be named as the information is not public. Tunisia has struggled to rebuild an economy battered by political upheaval since the 2011 uprising that inspired the Arab Spring.



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Tunisia considers aid for poor as president hosts emergency talks on anti-austerity protests

Tunisia considers aid for poor as president hosts emergency talks on anti-austerity protestsThe Tunisian government may increase aid for poor families in a bid to defuse tensions following anti-austerity protests that saw hundreds arrested and left at least one man dead.    Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia''s president,  hosted emergency talks with trade unions, employers associations, and political parties on Saturday.  "We discussed the general situation in the country and the reforms, especially socio-economic, that must be adopted to overcome the current problems," Wided Bouchamaoui, the head of the UTICA employers association, told reporters after the meeting.  Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (C) attends a meeting with political parties, unions and employers following unrest triggered by austerity measures Credit: FETHI BELAID/AFP Noureddine Taboubi, the secretary general of UGTT, the country's main trade union, said no specific moves had been agreed but that measures "must be adopted" to aid needy families and improve the social safety net. A Tunisian government source told Reuters that a package of measures would include extra aid to poor families and people in need, but did not give further detail.  Peaceful protests broke out across Tunisia after the government adopted a new budget that raised taxes and pushed up the cost of living on January 1. Demonstrations escalated on Monday night as youths burned tires to block streets and clashed with security forces.  The unrest largely tailed off after the military was deployed on the streets of several cities on Thursday, but tensions remain high. Police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators at a small protest in the central city of Sidi Bouzid overnight on Friday. Khlifa Chibani, a spokesman for the Interior ministry, said on Saturday a total of 803 people suspected of taking part in acts of violence, theft and looting have been arrested since last Sunday.  Police intervene during a protest in Tunis on January 12, 2018 Credit: Anadolu He said 97 policemen and members of the security forces had been injured over the week. It is unclear how many protesters have been injured. A man in his 40s died in disputed circumstances during unrest in the northern town of Tebourba on on Monday night. The unrest comes ahead of Sunday's seventh anniversary of the revolution that toppled the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, an event that sparked similar uprisings in Egypt, Libya, and Syria. While the other revolutions have descended into violence or given way to authoritarianism, Tunisia is widely seen as a success story of the Arab Spring.  Its democracy remains for the most part intact and a secular party currently leads the government in coalition with a moderate Islamist group.  But frustration has grown among many Tunisians over economic stagnation and unemployment.  Tunisia agreed to take decisive economic measures to bring down the country’s deficit. in return for a $ 2.9 billion loan (£2.2 billion) from the International Monetary Fund.



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Protests turn violent in Tunisia over price hikes

Protests turn violent in Tunisia over price hikesTunisia’s prime minister promised Tuesday to crack down on rioters after violent protests over price hikes left one person dead and raised fears of broader unrest in the country that was the birthplace of the Arab Spring. The clashes earlier this week recalled the 2010-2011 protest movement that led to the ouster of authoritarian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked uprisings across the Arab world. Tunisia’s economy has struggled ever since.



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UAE has information Tunisian women may commit 'terrorist acts', Tunisia says

UAE has information Tunisian women may commit 'terrorist acts', Tunisia saysThe United Arab Emirates has information that Tunisian women or women traveling on Tunisian passports might commit “terrorist acts” in the Gulf country, Tunisia’s state news agency TAP said. Tunisia late on Sunday suspended flights from Dubai carrier Emirates to Tunis, with officials saying the airline was refusing to carry female Tunisian travelers. A spokesman for Tunisia’s presidency did not elaborate on the security threat in a brief TAP article.



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Tunisia suspends Emirates flights over women security measures

Tunisia suspends Emirates flights over women security measuresTunisia on Sunday suspended Emirates Airlines flights after a public outcry over security measures in the United Arab Emirates targeting women from the North African country. The transport ministry said it had “decided to suspend” Emirates flights to Tunis “until the airline is able to find the appropriate solution to operate its flights in accordance with international law and agreements”. A number of Tunisian women had said their travel to the Gulf state on UAE airlines had been delayed and some had been forced to undergo additional examination of their visas.



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