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Tunisia’s UGTT union calls for early polls in absence of plan (Al Jazeera)

Tunisia’s powerful UGTT union has called for early elections, saying it was concerned for the country’s democratic gains because of the president’s reluctance to announce a plan for political reforms.

UGTT leader Noureddine Taboubi’s comments on Sunday, in a speech to thousands of his supporters, piled additional pressure on President Kais Saied, more than four months after he seized all political powers.

Tunisia’s UGTT union calls for early polls in absence of plan | News | Al Jazeera

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Tunisian labour union opposes parliament return, urges elections (Al Jazeera)

The secretary-general of Tunisia’s powerful General Labour Union (UGTT) has said the country’s suspended parliament should not be reinstated after President Kais Saied seized political power in July, and has called for fresh legislative elections.

In remarks made to Al Jazeera on Sunday, Noureddine Taboubi said he was reiterating the UGTT’s spokesperson’s stance who urged Tunisians not to reinstate parliament. He had previously stated that Tunisians had suffered from the actions of the now-frozen parliament.

Tunisian labour union opposes parliament return, urges elections | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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Why the West must continue pushing for Tunisian democracy (Sharan Grewal, Brookings)

Western countries have been relatively timid in their response to Tunisian President Kais Saied’s power grab. In contrast to their quick suspension of aid to Sudan after the recent coup, Western countries have brought only rhetorical pressure to bear on Tunisia. Part of the hesitance is fear over what might happen if the West pressures Saied more forcefully — that Saied might turn instead to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for foreign assistance. The implication is that the West should not push too hard for dialogue and democracy, for fear of losing Tunisia to the Gulf.

Why the West must continue pushing for Tunisian democracy (brookings.edu)

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Tunisia trade union calls for strike over death of protester (Al Jazeera)

Tunisia’s powerful General Trade Union (UGTT) has called for a general strike on Wednesday in Aguereb, in the central region of Sfax, a day after a demonstrator died from inhaling tear gas fired by police to disperse protests against the reopening of a landfill site.

UGTT, which has about one million members and is a major force in Tunisian politics, called for a judicial investigation into what it described as “intentional murder of a young man” during the protests.

Tunisia trade union calls for strike over death of protester | News | Al Jazeera

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Tunisian police fire tear gas on protesters at landfill (Al Jazeera)

Tunisian police have fired tear gas at protesters who refused an authority’s decision to reopen a controlled landfill in the southern town of Agareb, the first test for the government appointed by President Kais Saied, who seized executive power in July.

Local radio Shems FM and witnesses said a young protester was killed by police tear gas in the southern town of Agareb. But the interior ministry said the person had nothing to do with the protests and died at his home, six kilometres (xxx miles) from the protest, because of an emergency health condition, according to the Reuters news agency which reported news of the tear gas incident on Monday.

Tunisian police fire tear gas on protesters at landfill | News | Al Jazeera

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Tunisia resumes talks with IMF on rescue package (Middle East Eye)

Tunisia has restarted talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over a rescue package, the central bank said on Saturday, after President Kais Saied’s seizure of near-total power in July put negotiations on hold.

The bank said the talks follow an official request by Prime Minister Najla Bouden Romdhane and a meeting this week between an IMF delegation and Central Bank Governor Marouane el-Abassi about economic reforms and international assistance, according to Reuters.

Tunisia resumes talks with IMF on rescue package | Middle East Eye

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Analysis: How Tunisia reached financial meltdown (Mourad Teyeb, Al Jazeera)

The shock that followed the July 25 power grab by President Kais Saied is gone, and Tunisians now wake up to one of the most dangerous economic crises since independence.

Because everything is politicised in Tunisia, people like to harangue about who is responsible for the collapse of the country’s economy rather than understand its real causes and discuss the best solutions to save it.

Analysis: How Tunisia reached financial meltdown | Business and Economy News | Al Jazeera

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Tunisia’s new government sworn in without parliamentary approval (Hanen Jebli, Al Monitor)

The moderate Islamist Ennahda party, Tunisia’s largest party in parliament, issued a statement Oct. 14 rejecting the new government headed by Najla Bouden. “It’s a de facto government of the unconstitutional Decree 117,” in reference to the order issued by President Kais Saied on Sept. 22, which put the executive and legislative powers in his hands.

Tunisia’s new government sworn in without parliamentary approval – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Activists call Tunisia’s first female prime minister mere distraction (Elizia Volkmann, Al Monitor)

When Najla Bouden was pronounced Tunisia’s first female prime minister in a decree by President Kais Saied on Sept. 29, her appointment was initially heralded as a milestone in Arab politics.

Bouden is the first female prime minister not only in Tunisia but in the wider Arabic world. Until now, she will be joined by nine more female ministers in the 25-member cabinet. However, she will not have the executive control that previous heads of government wielded. Executive, legislative and judicial powers lie firmly in the hands of Saied under another decree made Sept. 22.

Activists call Tunisia’s first female prime minister mere distraction – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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