Beji Caid Essebsi

State struggles to accept process of reconciliation in post-dictatorship Tunisia

International — Analysis

On December 31st 2018 the independent body charged with tackling the abuses committed during the former dictatorship in Tunisia and helping victims was formally wound up after four and a half years of work. But despite the Truth and Dignity Commission's official status it has not received much support from the key organs of the state, including the presidency, in particular on the key issue of corruption. Lilia Blaise reports on the legacy of the commission's work.

Tunisia's faltering steps towards progress


The recent decision to end the ban on Tunisian women marrying non-Muslims has been broadly welcomed by progressives in the North African country. But that move followed a controversial law to pardon corrupt civil servants, judges, minsters and ambassadors who served under the regime of ousted strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Meanwhile the current president Béji Caid Essebsi is publicly debating the need to change the country's 2014 Constitution to increase “stability”. Lilia Blaise reports.

French and Tunisian presidents express solidarity against terrorism 'scourge'

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France's François Hollande and Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi issued statement after bloody terror attacks in their two countries.

Tunisian president Essebsi on two-day visit to France

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The Tunisian head of state was in Paris for the first time since his election in December, signifying an improvement in strained bilateral relations.

Tunisian and French presidents attend unity rally after museum attack

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March organised to rally international support for country and raise morale of Tunisians after terror attack left 21 tourists and police officer dead.