Thermal Rocket Falls Near Tunisian Consulate in Benghazi, No Casualties

Tunis, — A thermal rocket fell on Saturday night a few meters from the Tunisian Consulate in Benghazi (Libya), causing no casualties or material damage, Abdelkader Sehli, Director of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs told TAP.

The origin of the rocket is still unknown, he noted, adding that the Libyan authorities immediately went to the scene to conduct investigations.

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Review of Nominations – Ennahdha Against Policy of Exclusion On Basis of Partisan Belonging

Gafsa — Ali Laarayedh, member of Ennahdha party Shura council and former interim Prime Minister said that his party is opposed to any policy which practices exclusion on the basis of partisan belonging in reviewing nominations.

Chairing, Sunday in Gafsa, the meeting of the Ennahdha regional bureau in the region, Laarayedh underlined that reviewing administrative appointments is necessary in case of missing the duties, partiality or lack of skill and integrity.

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Tunisia’s Handball Championship – Day 18 – Results

Tunis — Results after Tunisia’s handball championship day-18 games played on Saturday and Sunday:


JS Chihiya – Etoile du Sahel 30-38

SC Moknine – CS Sakiet Ezzit 20-19

AS Teboulba – US Gremda 22-20

AS Hammamet – C.Africain 22-33

EM Mahdia – EBS Béni Khiar 30-22


ASH Ariana – Espérance ST 22-29

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Marzouki Calls On Tunisian Economic Actors to Restore Confidence in Investment Climate

Tunis, — Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki, on Saturday, called on Tunisian economic actors to restore confidence in the investment climate in Tunisia after the stability recorded in some key sectors and the success made in dealing with terrorist groups.

Speaking at the opening of the Maghreb-Turk Forum for Culture and Economy held From February 21 to 25 in Tunis, the President has acknowledged the difficulties facing the national economy due to the slow pace of investment, resulting from the political and security climate.

In this context, Marzouki urged economic actors to contribute to the revival of investment in inland areas in particular and boost partnership between Tunisia and the other Maghreb countries as well as with the other foreign countries.

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Governors’ Reshuffle to Be Announced Shortly

Tunis — A reshuffle of governors will be announced shortly, a source of the Prime Ministry told TAP news agency.

The roadmap adopted by political parties taking part in the national dialogue requires that the new government reviews administrative appointments carried out on the basis of party affiliation.

At the session of the confidence vote in the government, Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa undertook before the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) deputies to ensure a favourable climate for the next elections, by endeavouring to re-establish security and reinforce regional development.

Administration neutrality is the main condition for the success of the next elections, the same source stressed.

A commission was tasked by Mr. Jomaa to evaluate the governors’ work and propose names based on criteria of neutrality and competence.

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Libyan Military Aircraft’s Two Black Boxes Found

Tunis — The two black boxes of the Libyan military aircraft that crashed on Friday in a farmland in Grombalia, Nabeul, have been found, the Transport Ministry announced on Saturday.

Civil Aviation Director-General Kamel Ben Miled said on Friday an investigation commission made up of 10 Tunisian and Libyan experts in airplane accidents were tasked with finding the black box.

All eleven people on board of the Libyan military plane – type Antonov 26 – were killed.

The plane took off from the military airport of Miitiga at 23:51 p.m. on a routine flight to carry patients.

The commander of the Libyan aircraft had contacted the control tower of the Tunis Carthage airport at 1:14 a.m. to signal an outbreak of fire in its engine.

Air controllers had guided him to ease its landing but contact was interrupted between the commander and the control tower at 1:16 a.m. after a call for help was issued twice.

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Crashed Airplane’s Black Boxes Handed Over to Libyan Authorities

Tunis — The two black boxes of the Libyan military airplane that had crashed on Friday in Grombalia (Nabeul), were handed over on Saturday to the Libyan authorities which will take over the analyses of technical data, the Transport Ministry has announced in a communiqué.

Civil Aviation Director-General Kamel Ben Miled told TAP news agency that the Libyan authorities will contact the Russian company which manufactured the plane to enquire about the content of the data recorded in the two black boxes.

He added that the analyses could last one or two weeks and the collected data will be presented to the Tunisian-Libyan investigation commission.

Tunisia and Libya formed an investigation commission made up of 10 Tunisian and Libyan experts in airplane accidents to investigate into the crash which killed 11 persons on board of this plane.

“Diagnoses will be finished off on February 23, after collecting DNA samples from 35 persons among the victims’ relatives,” said Mr. Ben Miled, adding that these diagnoses will be submitted to the Libyan side.

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Judges to Go On Strike On February 24

Tunis — Judges will go on a general strike in all courts next Monday, February 24, the Union of Tunisian Judges (SMT) has announced.

The strike was decided after lawyers assaulted an investigating judge for having issued an arrest warrant against their colleague,” according to SMT…

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TV Show Sparks Terror Controversy in Tunisia

Najjar in Tunis — A recent Tunisian TV programme on terrorism raised reservations among viewers, security officials and even families of slain soldiers who saw the show as justifying violence.

The February 9th episode of “For He Who Dares” on privately-owned Ettounsiya TV drew scorn after it gave airtime to terrorist sympathisers, including the father of alleged Chokri Belaid assassin Kamel Gadhgadhi.

On February 11th, the High Independent Authority for Audio-visual Communication (HAICA) summoned the host of the programme, the legal representatives of the production company and those of the TV station.

“Justifying terrorism in one way or another is not acceptable,” HAICA president Nouri Lajmi told Tunisia Live.

The HAICA president presented the breaches recorded in the episode, including “failure to respect the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, especially chapter 6 thereof about the right to life”.

This was in addition to the “failure to respect plurality of ideas and opinions”, a HAICA statement said.

Programme host Samir El Wafi and producer Heyem Hajj Ajimi pledged not to rebroadcast or publish the aforementioned episode.

Majdouline Cherni, sister of murdered National Guardsman Sokrat Cherni, was shocked over what was aired.

“Today, I speak in the name of all families of martyrs who were killed by the terrorists,” she said. “This is because what has happened is dangerous and is treason to the blood of those who died for Tunisia.”

She demanded “the public prosecution to take action against some media outlets that are trying to whitewash terrorism.”

Meanwhile, the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) reminded all reporters that “there is no neutrality with terrorism,” and that “the terrorists are enemies of Tunisia, freedom and democracy.”

Following the uproar that was stirred by the February 9th episode, El Wafi responded on his Facebook page, saying he was “fully responsible” for what he said personally, adding that it “contained no sympathy with the terrorists or any doubts over security officials”.

“If there was a single word that contained any hint about that, I would be ready to apologise and shoulder the responsibility in full. All my comments are available and I should be held to account for them only. They were balanced, clear, neutral and objective,” he wrote.

The show host added that his guests were responsible for their own statements, saying that they were “free to express their own opinions and show their positions regardless of their trends”.

“When my guest Khamis Mejri glorified his idol Osama Bin Laden, I strongly confronted and objected to him and our dialogue became tense. However, I don’t bear responsibility for what he said, nor for what my other guests said or did; they are completely free in this,” El Wafi said.

“I also hosted the father of Kamel Gadhgadhi, the killer of Chokri Belaid,” he added.

“I asked him questions about his relations with his son, how he turned from a student in America to a terrorist in Jebel Chaambi, how he communicated with him, and when he noticed a change in his character. Was I required to deal with the poor father as a terrorist and a criminal and to hold him to account for his son’s crimes?” he asked.

But the show host said he didn’t deny there were “some mistakes”. “However, such mistakes are not as big as some tried to suggest; they even accused me of trying to whitewash terrorism and this turned into a campaign to settle scores,” he concluded.

The Popular Movement, meanwhile, expressed its rejection of “turning media outlets into forums to justify and whitewash terrorism and its crimes, taking advantage of the tragic situation of terrorists’ families to make Tunisians sympathise with them”.

A statement issued by the Popular Movement blasted the coverage as an “exposed attempt to confuse the Tunisian people, and the security forces behind them, in the decisive battles against takfirist groups”.

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TEHRAN, Feb. 20– Tunisian Culture Minister Murad Al Saqli and Iran’s cultural attaché to Tunisia Sadeq Ramezani Golafzani discussed various aspects of cultural relations, specially its role and contribution to the consolidation of all-out ties between Tehran and Tunis. In a meeting in Tunis on Tuesday, the two officials stressed the need to strengthen Tehran-Tunis cultural ties. The Tunisian minister […]

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FCO Press Release: FCO Minister visits Tunisia

LONDON, United-Kingdom, February 18, 2014 – FCO Minister, Hugh Robertson, visits Tunisia, welcomes progress and pledges continued UK support for the democratic transition. The Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Hugh Robertson, said: “I was delighted to visit at a historic moment in Tunisia’s democratic transition. “In my discussions with the Tunisian Foreign Minister and other […]

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