Category: Tunisia

Prime Minister agrees to eliminate substandard housing by 2019

Tunisia – Al-Chorouk

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced on Tuesday evening plans to eliminate all substandard housing by the year 2019, as well as provision of opportunities for all middle-income Tunisians to benefit from the ‘First House’ Programme, which will provide affordable loans for the purposes of acquiring suitable housing. Chahed explained that 200 million dinars have been made available to support this new government programme.

During his speech to mark the beginning of activities at the National Symposium on ‘Reform of the social protection system: from Understanding to Law’, Mr Chahed said the government is working on a comprehensive reform which will go beyond circumstantial or partial treatment to treat all of the various systems of societal guarantees. This reform would broaden the scope of coverage to include groups with vulnerable occupations, especially those working in the fishing sector and irregular employment sectors.

He also explained that an analysis of the social guarantee system and the increasing financial pressure on the Treasury, necessitated the government’s expediting complete reform of the system, in order to maintain its continuity and stability, and to protect it from bankruptcy. Mr Chahed indicated the importance of visualising these total reformations, so that the Ministry of Social Affairs can ensure the rights of the current and future generations to social protection.


Translated by Conor Fagan

Original article found here.

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The ‘African Dream’ Fades Away

The Algerian national team may have lost its chance to advance beyond the first round of the 2017 African Cup of Nations, after a defeat to their Tunisian counterparts in the second stage of Group B, played in the Stade de Franceville in Gabon on Thursday.

Despite clear control by ‘The Greens’ in the first half, creating a number of chances to score by Slimani, Mahrez, Guedioura, and Brahimi, the Tunisian goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi was on top form, and made some challenging saves, resulting in a goalless draw between the two teams at half-time.

The second half was different, and showed a marked parity between the teams, and the Tunisians exploited mistakes in the Algerian defence to score two goals. The first was knocked by Mandi into his own net after a cross from Msakni. The second goal came when Ghoulam made a fatal error in returning the ball to goalkeeper Asselah, and lost possession. A follw-up tackle by the Naples player was exploited by Wahbi Khazri to get a penalty, which was scored by Naim Sliti.

The reaction by the ‘Brothers of Mahrez’ was not strong, apart from a chance by Slimani in the eightieth minute, which was deflected for a corner, and when Hanni reduced the gap in the ninetieth minute.

The match ends with the superior ‘Carthage Eagles’ boosting their hopes of reaching the second round, while the mission for the national team to continue this African journey has become nearly impossible.


Translated by Conor Fagan

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Infographic: ISIS fighters proliferate in North Africa, Al-Wasat (Libya), 27 November 2014

Infographic: ISIS fighters proliferate in North Africa

The influence of ISIS is gradually expanding from its stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa to extremist groups which have taken North Africa as their headquarters.

Red: Areas of ISIS influence (estimate)

  1. Egypt: Ansar Beit al-Maqdis – formed in 2011, it is made up of 2,000 fighters; after announcing it joined ISIS in November, it is now known as Wilayat Sina’ (Sinai Province)
  2. Eastern Libya: Extremists in the coastal city of Derna – population 80,000 – announced their alliance with and allegiance to ISIS and the establishment of Wilayat Barqa (Cyrenaica Proince) in October
  3. Tripoli: Since August, the Libyan capital has fallen under the control of the Libya Dawn extremist militia, designated as a terrorist organisation; Mitiga International Airport is used as the centre for thousands of fighters from Europe and Africa seeking to join the fighters in Syria
  4. Tunisia: Birthplace of the Arab Spring, source of the largest number of foreign fighters joining ISIS and al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, estimated at about 3,000 fighters; the cause is believed to be their resentment with the political process in Tunisia
  5. Algeria: Extremist group Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria allied itself with ISIS in September after breaking off from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
  6. Morocco: The terrorist organisation affiliated with al-Qaeda calling itself Salafiyya Jihadiyya may have influenced the recent announcement of loyalty to ISIS by Moroccan fighters in Syria

Translated by Kevin Moore.

‘Statement from Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia claiming responsibility for attack on Tunisian security forces,’ 19 July 2014

The following is a statement released by jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST), in which they claim responsibility, through the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)-linked Uqba Bin Nafi Brigade, for the deaths of 14 Tunisian security forces in the Chaambi Mountains on 16 July 2014. Find the original statement here, shared via the group’s Twitter account. Continue reading

‘This is Iran’s strategy to expand Shi’a influence in Morocco,’ Al-Hadate (Morocco), 18 May 2014

Moroccan daily newspaper Alittihad has reported that Iran is attempting to spread the influence of Shi’a Islam to North Africa, using Lebanese communities in Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon and Sierra Leone to financially support Shi’as in Maghreb states. Continue reading

‘Group which financed terrorist cell in Mount Chaambi and Salloum arrested,’ Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (Tunisia), 6 May 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 9.08.29 AMTunisian security forces have arrested a charged which funding and providing material support to a terrorist cell in the Kasserine Governorate of west-central Tunisia. Continue reading

‘Maghreb and European states exchange lists of Jihadists,’ Hespress (Morocco), 5 May 2014

Western European and North African countries have begun to regularly exchange intelligence related to “jihadist” fighters making their way to Syria. Continue reading

‘Al-Masry Al-Youm hosts Tunisian rapper “El Général,” one of the prisoners of Ben Ali’s regime,’ Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt), 21 January 2012

In an outdated article, Al-Masry Al-Youm sets the scene for Tunisian rapper El Général to visit Cairo for a screening of their new documentary film and a visit to Tahrir Square, one year after the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions Continue reading

‘Libyan embassy in Tunis denies presence of al-Qaeda member on board crashed plane,’ al-Hayat (Saudi Arabia), 21 February 2014

A Libyan military aircraft being used as a civilian and military ambulance crashed in eastern Tunisia this morning, killing 11 people on board. Following the crash, Tunisian media reported that an al-Qaeda operative was on board, but the Libyan ambassador in Tunis has denied these reports. Continue reading

‘Approximately 83,000 Moroccans visited Turkey in 2013,’ Hespress (Morocco), 10 February 2014

Turkey witnessed 9% growth in the number of tourists coming from Arab states last year, with over 3 million Arabs visiting the country for a number of reason. Tourists come to Turkey from around the Middle East for a variety of reasons, including shopping opportunities, hair transplants and to purchase homes. Continue reading