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Tunisia condemns the American decision to make Jerusalem capital of Israel

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In a statement released, the Foreign Ministry said Tunisia condemns the decision of the US administration to make Jerusalem the capital of Israel and its intention to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city stating that such decision represents an infringement of the city’s legal and historical status and a violation of United Nations resolutions. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that this decision constitutes a serious threat to the peace process as well as to the efforts made to resume negotiations. He added that this provocative decision of the feelings of Muslims and Arabs could have a negative impact on the stability of the region. In this context, Tunisia has reaffirmed its support for the Palestinian cause while appealing to all the components of the international community to abstain from taking decisions representing any recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel recalling that this holy city is an inseparable part of the Palestinian territory under Israeli occupation since June 1967.

Marzouki: “A parallel government in Carthage to block Youssef Chahed”

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The former provisional president Moncef Marzouki, founder of the political party “Tounes Al Irada” affirmed that “a struggle for power opposes the presidency of the Republic and the presidency of the Government”. He argued that there is a parallel government in Carthage to block Youssef Chahed and prevent him from winning the 2019 presidential elections. Marzouki asserted that this struggle between the two heads of the executive creates the current crisis and it will complicate the situation, since there should be a harmony between the presidency and the government to carry out actions effective over the next two years of the mandate. Led by the President of the Republic, the National Security Council includes, among others, Youssef Chahed, head of government, Mohamed Ennaceur, president of the Assembly of People’s Representatives (ARP), members of the government and top leaders of the two military and security institutions. The 77 Article of the Constitution stipulates that the Head of State is called upon to preside over the National Security Council and must define the general guidelines for national security, concerning the protection of the State and the national territory to deal with internal and external threats, in consultation with the head of the government.

Tunisia ranks 12th in the Arab world

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At the global level, Tunisia ranks 117th out of 160 countries in terms of economic freedom. The first ones are Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, followed by Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Palestine, Oman, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt , Morocco, Djibouti, Mauritania, Comoros, Sudan, Iraq, Algeria, Libya and Syria, which took last place. The work of the second regional congress of economic freedom in the Arab world (Tunis, 25 and 26 November) was closed by the formulation of several recommendations. This Congress was also an opportunity to present the 12th report on economic freedom in the Arab world in 2017. Tunisia ranked 12th out of 22 Arab countries, but it has lost only one position compared to last year. This report was developed by the Canadian Frizer Institute, based on objective criteria – to measure the degree of economic freedom in each country considering the commercial law, protection of property rights, monetary policy, freedom of trade and the organization of commercial activity. The report presented at the congress included a set of recommendations on economic freedom to improve the index in some Arab countries suffering an economic deficit.

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