#AceWorldNews – TUNISIA – October 28 – After violence on the streets has abated in last few days. Tunisia’s leading Islamist party has accepted defeat in Sunday’s election, a senior Ennahda official said on Monday.
“We have accepted this result, and congratulate the winner,” party official Lotfi Zitoun said, referring to secular rival Nidaa Tounes. Zitoun said the party reiterated its call for the formation of a unity government, including Ennahda, Reuters reported.
#AceWorldNews – TUNISIA – October 24 – Tunisian security forces killed five women and a man after a stand-off with an Islamist militant group on the outskirts of Tunis on Friday, Reuters said.
At least two militants and women and children had been holed up in the house in Oeud Ellil, west of Tunis, since Thursday.
In earlier clashes, one police officer was killed when troops surrounded the building.
One militant and five women were killed when troops stormed the house on Friday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.
He added that at least one of the women had opened fire on security forces with a rifle.
The clash happened two days before a parliamentary election.
#AceWorldNews – TUNISIA – October 23 – Tunisian police have carried out two counter-terror operations, capturing two suspected militants in the deep south, the Interior Ministry said, adding that the men were planning attacks.
One bystander was killed in the southern town of Kebili during the exchange of fire, AP quoted spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui as saying on Thursday.
Police have also surrounded a house in Oued Ellil, a suburb of the capital, Tunis, and have exchanged fire with those inside.
There were several injured, according to Aroui.
Tunisia holds parliamentary elections on Sunday to complete its democratic transition.
#AceNewsServices – TUNISIA – September 29 – A radical Tunisian sheik who has called for the murder of U.S. troops abroad and was banned from the United States for supporting the terror group Hamas is scheduled to headline an event on Tuesday at Yale University focusing on Islamic law and civilization, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
Sheikh Rachid al-Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s controversial Islamist Ennahda Movement, is scheduled to head a lecture Tuesday afternoon Yale’s Law School, according to the school’s website.
Al-Ghannouchi’s upcoming appearance at the Ivy League school could become controversial given the sheik’s longtime support for radical terror groups and his past calls for Muslims to wage “unceasing war against the Americans.”
Al-Ghannouchi is the leading figure in Tunisia’s previously banned but hugely popular Islamist Ennahda (“Resistance”) political party, which despite being billed as “moderate” by many, has a history of violence inside and outside of Tunisia.
Al-Ghannouchi was a founding trustee and board member of a group that signed onto a notorious2004 fatwa endorsing the murder of U.S. troops in Iraq and has personally urged the Muslim world to “burn and destroy” U.S. interests across the globe.
“There must be no doubt that we will strike anywhere against whoever strikes Iraq,” the sheikh said during a speech in the early 1990s and reported on by Middle East scholar Martin Kramer.
“We must wage unceasing war against the Americans until they leave the land of Islam, or we will burn and destroy all their interests across the entire Islamic world,” al-Ghannouchi was quoted as saying. “Muslim youth must be serious in their warning to the Americans that a blow to Iraq will be a license to strike American and Western interests throughout the Islamic world.”
The sheik’s violent rhetoric, radical leanings, and endorsement of Hamas led him to be banned from entering the United States for a time.
AceWorldNews – TUNISIA – September 08 – Tunisia’s main Islamist party, Ennahda, said on Sunday it would not contest a presidential election in November, in the interest of ensuring an inclusive government for all Tunisians.
Ennahda is one of the two front-runners to win next month’s parliamentary election and provide the next prime minister, but opposition groups say its dominance of the last government almost derailed Tunisia’s transition to democracy following its revolution of 2011.
The president makes senior military and foreign policy appointments as well as nominating the prime minister, and ceding the post to an outside candidate on Nov. 23 sends a signal that Ennahda will avoid making the same mistakes if it wins the parliamentary election.
“We want to send a positive message to the Tunisian people and politicians … We do not want to dominate all contests, especially since Ennahda will feature strongly in the parliamentary election next month,” party spokesman Zied Ladhari told Reuters.
Ennahda won the first free election after the overthrow of autocratic president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, but was accused by the opposition of seeking to entrench itself in power, disregarding the interests of a large secular urban population and being lenient toward radical Islamists.
When two secular opposition leaders were assassinated by Islamist militants last year, the only stable, democratic government to emerge from any of the Arab Spring revolutions appeared to be in jeopardy, until Ennahda stepped down in favour of a non-partisan interim government.
Opinion polls taken two months ago put both Ennahda and the main secular party, Nida Tounes, on around 30 percent.
#AceWorldNews – TUNISIA – August 30 – Forty one bodies of mostly Syrian migrants recovered near Tunisia aboard Guardia Finanza.
At least 41 bodies of migrants, most of them Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe, have been recovered by the Tunisian Coast Guard, AP reports, citing local authorities.
The search for the bodies was launched Friday after a few decomposed bodies washed up on shore. Identity papers found with some of the bodies suggested most of the dead migrants were from Syria.
They most likely tried to reach Europe on an overcrowded inflatable raft.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – August 21 – Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport cancelled all flights to Libya on Thursday, Reuters said.
Tunisian aviation officials gave no explanation, while Cairo airport authorities had cancelled flights to and from the neighbouring country for security reasons, according to Libyan news agency LANA.
The Libyan government said on Monday that unidentified war planes had attacked the positions of armed groups in Tripoli fighting with a rival faction.
#AceWorldNews – BAHRAIN – May 31 – Bahrain’s opposition parties will boycott the parliamentary elections unless the government guarantees the vote will reflect the will of the people, Reuters reports.
Following the failure of talks with authorities, the Al-Wefaq movement issued a statement saying that it will not participate in the vote later this year “unless a clear political agreement is reached.”
And despite Al Wefaq’s exposed identity in February events to many shocked Bahrainis, it has returned again after the failure of the revolution to represent the same role in the hope of a comeback to work secretly in creating new grounds for a new coup after ten years from now, as stated by Ali Salman, Secretary General of AlWefaq in his first speeches after the evacuation of the roundabout on Hezbolla’s Al Manar TV.
This sends a grave message which translates to : We will come back tougher and stronger with the help of our allies : Hezbolla.
The group also urged the international community to help it pursue a peaceful democratic transition for the Gulf monarchy. Bahrain has been in turmoil since protests led by Shi’ite Muslims erupted in 2011 after similar uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
Bahrain is currently under political pressure from the US and the UK governments to support Al Wefaq out of fear from extremists despite the recent evidence showing the society is actually the leader of the extremist groups.
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#AceWorldNews – April 18 – MOSCOW – Moscow has urged the Libyan authorities to facilitate the release of kidnapped foreign diplomats.
The government should do its best to find the diplomats as soon as possible and free them, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The authorities should also punish those responsible for the kidnapping and take measures to defend diplomatic missions in Libya, the statement said. Laaroussi Kontassi, an adviser at the Tunisia’s embassy in Tripoli, disappeared Thursday morning in “unclear circumstances,” days after gunmen kidnapped the Jordanian ambassador.
#AceWorldNews says that Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki has repealed the country’s state of emergency, AP reported.
It has been in place since the outbreak of a popular revolution three years ago.
A presidential decree on Thursday said the state of emergency was abolished across the whole of Tunisia as of Wednesday.
Longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown in the 2011 uprising.
#AceWorldNews says that according to latest reports a group described as Islamist militants attacked security forces in an ambush near the border with Algeria, killing four people, Tunisia’s interior ministry said on Sunday, according to reports by Reuters and AP.
The ministry statement said the militants opened fire on a vehicle driving along a road in the north-west of the country, killing a prison official, a civilian and wounding two others.
The band then attacked security officials who arrived to investigate the incident, killing two members of the National Guard and wounding two others.
The Islamist militants were disguised as security officials and had stolen weapons and a vehicle, according to the state news agency TAP.
The report did not name any group as being responsible for the attack.
#AceBreakingNews says a suspect in last July’s murder of Tunisian opposition politician, Mohamed Brahmi, was arrested near the capital Tunis following a reported gun battle with police overnight on Saturday, the interior ministry’s spokesman said.
Security forces “surrounded a house where a terrorist group had holed up. Following a sustained exchange of fire, four elements were arrested,” interior ministry spokesman, Mohamed Ali Aroui, told Agence France-Presse.
“Among them is Hmed el-Melki, alias ‘Somali,’ one of the elements implicated in the assassination of the martyr, Mohamed Brahmi,” he added. “The interior ministry stresses that it was a successful operation,” said the spokesman. Authorities blamed Brahmi’s murder, as well as that of Chokri Belaid, another opposition politician, who was killed in February, on the Ansar Al-Sharia, a jihadist outfit.
The group, however, never claimed responsibility for the attacks.