President Kais Saied is rewriting the democratic constitution introduced after the 2011 revolution in the North African country and says he will put it to a referendum in July.
Laylat al Qadr is the most important night of the Muslim holy month and it marks the revelation of the first verses of the holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel.
Tunisian authorities detain 155 migrants and refugees of different African nationalities after thwarting five illegal crossings off the coast of Sfax, state news agency reports.
Four boats carrying at least 120 African migrants sank off Tunisia's coast killing 12 and ten more are still missing while 98 have been rescued.
"Any elections will lose all credibility with a body appointed by the president", says Rached Ghannouchi, speaker of the parliament.
President Kais Saied has denounced attempts by Tunisia's opposition party to form a "national salvation" government overseas, calling the plan a "coup attempt".
The president’s political inexperience amidst an economic crisis does not bode well for his initial popularity following his power grab nearly a year ago.
The North African country has been in the throes of a deep political crisis since July 25, 2021 when Kais Saied dismissed the government, suspended parliament, and assumed executive authority.
Six women and six children were among 13 sub-Saharan African migrants and asylum seekers found dead off the Tunisian coast after two vessels capsized while trying to make it to Italy.
Analysts say President Saied wants to form direct democracy that bypasses political parties, an act that is “right out of the dictator’s playbook”.
This year marks the first time the tournament will be held in the Middle East and has been pushed to later in the year than is typical to avoid the region’s summer heat.
Earlier, parliamentarians voted through a bill against President Saied's "exceptional measures," openly defying him.
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