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Tunisia: the protests, are the consequence of the law of finances 2018, according to Ammar Amroussia


Popular Front deputy Ammar Amroussia said in a statement that the demonstrations that began to organize in the country were expected, ensuring that Front has warned since the announcement of the draft of 2018 finance law the seriousness of its approval because the financial law is a burden on the social scale. It is recalled that several demonstrations were organized in several regions of the country to protest against the rise in prices resulting from the 2018 budget law. He asserted that the people injured by the finance law are not only the poor but also the middle classes who have further impoverished themselves. The MP said the government is facing social movements through repression, restrictions and arrests that have taken place in more than one region in Tunisia, which may lead some into prisons, adding that this is the result of the finance law and submission to the dictates of the International Monetary Fund, which represents the destruction of the Tunisian economy system.Ammar Amroussia concluded that the Popular Front calls on people to mobilize and unite to defend their purchasing power and defend national sovereignty and Tunisia.

Tunisia: protest march over tax policy and price increases


A popular march was staged on Monday downtown Sidi Bouzid to denounce the price increases of some
products and to claim revision of the tax policy. Protestors including trade unionists, representatives of the Union
of Unemployed Graduates and other civil society components marched the main streets of the city starting from
the Regional Labour Union’s headquarters.Other protest movements are scheduled in the coming days to demand
the right of the region’s inhabitants to employment and a decent life.

Central Bank of Tunisia:the trade deficit widens to historical highest level


The trade deficit widened, at the end of the 11 months of 2017, to reach a historical highest level, 14,362MDT against 11,628MDT, a year before, said the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT), Thursday, in a note of economic conjuncture. Total imports increased at a faster pace than exports, at 19.2% and 17.3%, respectively, resulting in a deterioration in the coverage rate (68.3 percentage points against 69.4 percentage points) by the end of November 2016).”The record trade deficit bears the mark, essentially, the maintenance of deficits in the energy balance and that of the food balance at high levels. The BCT reported, in this context, a good performance of exports of the sector of mechanical and electrical industries which seems to benefit from the recovery of demand of Euro zone, Tunisia’s main trading partner. On the other hand, the underperformance of the mining, phosphates and derivatives sector continued with sales falling by 3% at the end of November 2017 against a technical rebound (+ 42.3%) over the same period of 2016, and despite the resumption of production in the mining basin.

Ministry of Religious Affairs preparing new law on mosques


The Minister of Religious Affairs Ahmed Adhoum said Saturday his department is currently working on the development of a new mosque law . “The ministry is developing a new vision on the law organizing mosques, especially as the law of May 3, 1988 on mosques is considered” too repressive”.”The 1988 law came in a delicate political context. It was developed in a hasty manner, neglecting several aspects related to mosques,” he said, citing, for instance, the definition of this place of worship, its role and its areas of intervention. For his part, Mahbouba Chartaoui, Deputy Director of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, found it “essential” to revise Articles 10 and 11 of this law, stating that the new draft law on mosques will be the subject of wide consultation that will bring together Imams and preachers, civil society and representatives of mThe minisinistries.

Facilitation in exporting service acces


The Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, Zied Ladhari, in the presence of Mr. Omar Bahi, Minister of Commerce, and the Swiss Ambassador to Tunisia, Rita Adam, signed today a convention on the Swiss import promotion program (Sippo).
Funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco), Sippo facilitates imports from countries in transition, such as Tunisia, into the Swiss and European markets. This program is worth almost 4 million dinars and is being implemented by the Swiss contact Foundation to help exporters gain access to new markets.
A first phase of the Sippo program in Tunisia covers the period 2017-2020 with a budget of more than 1.5 million Swiss francs (nearly 4 million dinars). If successful, it may be followed by two subsequent phases of the same duration. Three economic sectors will be covered: high-value fishery products, processed foods and natural ingredients.

Foreign Ministers of Tunisia Algeria and Egypt :”political agreement” for the political solution in Libya


The Foreign Ministers of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt reaffirmed on Sunday their support of “the political agreement” as a “framework for the political solution in Libya.They also reaffirmed their commitment to Libya’s unity, stability and regional security.Besides, the three ministers welcomed the Security Council’s Declaration of December 14 on “the situation in Libya,” pointing out the United Nations’ crucial role and political and legal responsibility as the sponsor of the Libyan political dialogue. In this regard, they called on all sides to assume their responsibilities to meet the deadlines set out in the political agreement. They also agreed to continue their security co-ordination efforts between their countries to assess the terrorist organisations’ threats to security and stability in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt and in neighbouring countries and to reinforce intelligence sharing in this regard. This tripartite ministerial meeting is part of the implementation of the Tunisian presidential initiative to reach a peaceful solution to the crisis in Libya.

Eighth session of Tunisian-Algerian Political Consultation Committee meets


The exchange of views between Tunisia and Algeria on several issues were at the heart of the meeting of the 8th session of the Tunisian-Algerian Political Consultation Committee held on Monday in Tunis.The meeting was co-chaired by Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and his Algerian counterpart Abdelkader Messahel.The Algerian minister said relations between Tunisia and Algeria in the economic field have seen record figures in terms of volume of trade and tourism in the previous year.Indeed, the number of Algerian tourists visiting Tunisia has reached more than two million, he said, while commending the privileged relations between the two countries in terms of security, counter-terrorism and border security.The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the development of the excellent bilateral relations and ways to strengthen them and identify other prospects for co-operation in all areas in the interest of the two countries.

ISIE President announces decision to change municipal election date


The President of the Republic will sign the call of citizens to vote for the date fixed by Isie and the government commits to the date chosen by Isie and its immediate publication in Jort. The ARP promises no date for the adoption of the law on the organization of local authorities. The meeting-debate between Isie and the political parties, held yesterday, publicly, in the presence of the media, in a hotel in Raoued, has solemnly collected the position of each political party about the date and conditions of the organization of municipal elections, the first after the revolution. All parties were invited but only twenty asked and spoke.After the words of the President of Isie, the representatives of the Assembly, the Government and the Presidency of the Republic formulated the position of their representatives, before giving the floor to the parties. Nahdhaoui MP Habib Khedher spoke on behalf of the PRA to indicate that the Assembly had fulfilled its legislative commitments with regard to the municipal elections and that it is now focusing on the finalization of the draft law on the Code of Local Government. He promised a substantial acceleration so that the adoption of this law could precede the holding of municipal, without, however, give a date or promise that it effectively precedes these elections. Speaking on behalf of the government, the Minister Mehdi Ben Gharbia said that the government has no preferential date to propose and that it applied to facilitate the task to Isie, whatever the date chosen by the latter, which is the prerogative. On the suspicion of “interventionism” attributed to the government by certain policies or media, articulating on the non-publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Tunisia of the announcement of the date fixed by Isie, the 25 March, Ben Gharbia recalls that the legal deadline, of three months, still runs.

Angry Tunisia


The decision of the US administration to make the city of Jerusalem the capital has provoked disapproval among the international community and particularly among the public opinion in the Arab world. Tunisia was among the first Arab countries to have courageously expressed its refusal of this unilateral decision. Indeed, the head of state Beji Caid Essebsi decided this Friday, to invite the American ambassador to Tunis, Daniel H. Rubinstein, to inform him of the position of Tunisia regarding the decision of Donald Trump. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also denounced the decision a few minutes after its announcement. The Assembly of the representatives of the people adopted, Thursday, in plenary session a motion also condemning this decision. Tunisians for their part spontaneously mobilized to express their solidarity with the Palestinian people. Many national organizations and components of civil society have called on Tunisians to participate massively in protest movements against this decision in several forms of militancy, including the peaceful marches and the boycott of American products.

Tunisia: urgent meeting of European ambassadors


The European Union ambassador to Tunisia, Patrice Bergamini, announced on Thursday, December 7th, 2017, to have called all the ambassadors of the member countries of the European Union in Tunis to an urgent meeting. The ambassador who spoke in an interview with Express Fm on Thursday said the meeting should be held after his meeting today with the head of the national unity government Youssef Chahed. Patrice Bergamini said that this urgent meeting should focus on measures to find a solution to remove Tunisia from the blacklist of 17 tax havens validated last Tuesday by the 28 finance ministers of the European Union. Recall that Patrice Bergamini announced Wednesday, December 06, 2017 that the EU will begin a series of negotiations with Tunisia so that it is removed from the blacklist by January 2018. According to the European leader, the EU is determined to find common ground to overcome this crisis as soon as possible.


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