Local councils to be set up March 1 (ISIE)

The final results of local elections will be announced on February 27,

said member of the Independent High Authority For Elections (French: ISIE) Aymen Ghattas. Local councils will be installed in delegations on March 1.

A draw will be held one day after local councils are installed in the runup to the establishment of regional councils, Ghattas told an information day held Saturday in Monastir for members of local councils under the theme “Finalising the Process of installing the National Council of Regions and Districts.”

This draw will take place under the supervision of the election authority, in full

transparency, and minutes will be drawn up by a bailiff at the end of the draw, he added.

Once local and regional councils installed, candidate filing in the elections of councils of districts will begin before the vote of members of the national council of regions gets underway, i.e. three members for each regional council and a single member for each district council (77 members in total).

By virtue
of the Constitution, the National Council of Regions and Districts can appove regional and district development plans, adopt the State budget and monitor government action.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

ISIE holds meeting of information with freshly elected local officials

The Independent High Authority of Elections (French: ISIE) Saturday held an information meeting for freshly elected members of local councils in the governorate of Tunis.

Tunisians cast their ballots in the first round of local elections last December 24; the runoff vote took place last February 4.

There are 21 local councils in the governorate of Tunis. Each council will be chaired by the member who garnered the highest number of votes.

Local councils will hold their first session on March 1 at the seat of delegations, said Regional Director of Tunis 2 election commission Hosni Sahbani said.

The draw for the Tunis regional council is set for March 2 at the premises of the City of Culture. Then, candidacies will be filed for the council of district to which the governorate of Tunis belongs, that is the second district.

The vote for this second district is scheduled to take place on Febuary 15, as set out in ISIE calendar.

Repesentatives of the Tunis election commission mainly spoke about the relation be
tween local councils and the regional council and the possibility for an elected official to head a regional council.

They also said the newly elected officials are ” new law-makers” and will get the status of MPs once the different councils are installed.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia hosts 13th annual African Air Chiefs Symposium

Tunisia will host the 13th annual African Air Chiefs Symposium on February 26 – March 1, 2024, co-organised by Tunisia Air Force and the Association of African Air Forces sponsored by U.S. Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa.

The symposium is a multinational security cooperation initiative facilitated by the AAAF sponsored by USAFE-AFAFRICA, said the National Defence Ministry in a press release on Saturday.

The AACS programme serves as an opportunity to build on previous symposia, identify key challenges confronting African air chiefs, strengthen partner networks, discuss strategic airlift and share best practices for enhancing partner capacity.

The symposium will feature a diverse range of workshops centered on the theme ‘Pan-African Education and Training Opportunities,’ Women, Peace and Security and air mobility.

The symposium is intended to foster more effective military relationships between AAAF’s participating nations and welcome membership from other African nations.

Approximately 40 African nati
ons will participate in this year’s AACS.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Local elections’ final results to be announced on February 27 (ISIE)

The final results of the local elections will be announced on February 27, President of the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) Farouk Bouaskar announced on Friday, during an information day dedicated to the process of setting up the National Council of Regions and Districts in the governorate of Gafsa.

Once the results are announced, the members of the local councils will be summoned by the governors within 8 days to set up the local councils, Bouaskar added.

The first inaugural meeting will be chaired by the member with the highest number of votes in each local council, who will in turn assume the provisional chairmanship of the council to which he or she belongs for a period of 3 months.

The ceremony to swear in the president of the said council will be recorded in minutes drawn up for this purpose, following which the draw for the representation of local councils on the regional council will take place within the next 24 hours.

Bouaskar also indicated that the meeting with the members of t
he local councils of the Gafsa governorate had been an opportunity to dispel the doubts surrounding the delimitation of the respective competences of the delegate, the governor and the local councils, calling for “legislative intervention” to settle the issue.

Pending the adoption of a text “apportioning” powers, Bouaskar pointed out that the rules governing the operation and organisation of local councils would be governed by Organic Law No. 29 of May 9, 2018 promulgating the Local Authorities Code.

As for the remit of the local councils, the ISIE President specified that these structures will mainly be in charge of supervising blocked development projects planned at the level of delegations and governorates.

As part of their mission, they will also have the right to demand accountability and to propose new projects to be included in the 2025 budget and the national development plan to be validated by the second parliamentary chamber, the National Council of Regions and Districts.

Source: Agence Tunis A
frique Presse

Case of plotting against State security: Ali Larayedh joins hunger strikers

Detainees accused of «plotting against State security» will continue the hunger strike they have observed for the last eleven days, said leaders of the National Salvation Front, Saturday, during their weekly sit-in in before the Municipal Theater of Tunis,

Secretary General of Ennahdha movement, Ajmi Ourimi, added that Vice-President of Ennahdha movement, Ali Larayedh, has been on hunger strike since last Thursday, as a sign of solidarity with the strikers

Ourimi called for their immediate release.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Foreign Affairs Minister meets with Tunisian expats in Alpes-Maritimes region and Monaco

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, Nabil Ammar, met Friday evening at the residence of the Consul General in Nice with a number of Tunisian expatriates living in the Alpes-Maritimes region and Monaco, as part of his working visit to the Principality of Monaco.

During the meeting, Nabil Ammar expressed his ministry’s willingness to serve the national interest, meet the expectations of the Tunisian diaspora and improve consular services in line with the instructions of the President of the Republic, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He called on members of the Tunisian community to support national efforts to promote development and defend Tunisia’s main interests.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Prime Ministry bans signing of new subcontracting labour contracts in public sector as of February 23

The Prime Ministry, on Friday, banned the signing of new subcontracting labour contracts in the public sector as of February 23 and cancelled all measures in force in this regard, including Circular No. 35 of July 30, 1999 on subcontracting in the Tunisian administration and state institutions.

This decision was taken following a series of instructions issued by the President of the Republic, who reiterated the need to provide decent working conditions for public sector workers and to eliminate all forms of precarious employment, while ensuring the continuity and sustainability of public institutions and bodies.

It added that this decision is also part of the application of the provisions of Article 46 of the Constitution. The latter explicitly states that “employment is the right of every citizen and the State shall take the necessary measures to ensure it on the basis of efficiency and fairness” and that “every citizen has the right to work in decent conditions and with fair remuneration”.

Source: Agen
ce Tunis Afrique Presse

Former President Moncef Marzouki sentenced to eight years in prison in absentiav

The Criminal Chamber of the Tunis Court of First Instance has sentenced former President Moncef Marzouki to eight years in prison in absentia, court spokesperson Mohamed Zitouna told TAP on Friday.

He stressed that Marzouki had made statements at a conference abroad “calling for a change in the form of the Tunisian government, inciting citizens to use weapons against each other, spreading disorder and committing murder and looting throughout the country”.

The former president was sentenced under Article 72 of the penal code, the spokesperson said, adding that his statements were shared on social media platforms.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

ICJ: “For Tunisia, the Zionist entity is committing genocide in Gaza” international law expert

“For Tunisia, the Zionist entity is committing genocide in Gaza,” said international law expert Slim Laghmani on Friday.

The Israeli entity, which has the power of decision and execution, is “deliberately” committing a massacre of Palestinians.

Speaking at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, the international law expert warned of the legal consequences of Israel’s policies and practices in the occupied Palestinian territories.

For Laghmani, the genocide perpetrated by the Zionist entity is supported by legal texts, including the so-called basic laws which declare Israel “the historic homeland of the Jews”, as well as by the practices of the Israeli army and security forces, or even by statements made by senior Israeli officials.

The expert stressed that Israel has “gone beyond its occupation policy” by implementing discriminatory measures and waging a war of annihilation in the Gaza Strip since October 7.

“There is clear evidence to exterminate the Palestinians and denigrate those who
survived as a group of stateless refugees,” he stressed.

Slim Laghmani was appointed by President Kais Saied to present Tunisia’s case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisian-French parliamentary relations reviewed

The parliamentary relations between Tunisia and France, bilateral cooperation and developments in the Palestinian territories took centre stage at a meeting held on Friday in Bardo between Speaker of the Assembly of People’s Representatives (ARP) Brahim Bouderbala and France’s Ambassador in Tunis Anne Guéguen.

The parliamentary relations and their role in fostering friendship and cooperation ties, reads an ARP press release.

The two sides pointed out the need to increase visits between Tunisian and French MPs, notably at the level of parliamentary friendship groups.

They further underlined the need to draw up a joint working plan and schedule regular meetings to discuss issues of joint interest, with a view to achieving the the expected cooperation goals at the bilateral and multilateral levels.

Besides, Bouderbala and Guéguen reviewed the long-standing relations binding Tunisia and France, voicing satisfaction at the development they have seen at all levels thanks to the shared will and ongoing efforts
to further foster them.

Guéguen expressed in this regard, her country’s willingness to further increase consultations with Tunisia as part of preparations for the Francophonie Summit, due next October in France, and the forthcoming joint Commission meeting.

She also affirmed France’s willingness to keep up supporting Tunisia and to iron out difficulties, notably those related to visa granting.

Bouderbala in turn, voiced satisfaction at the bilateral cooperation, pointing out the need to continue joint actions to diversify its fields.

As for developments in the Palestinian territories, the ARP Speaker reasserted Tunisia’s support to the Palestinian People’s fight for freedom and their legitimate right to establish an independent State, calling on France to spare no efforts to stop the massacres in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse