Tunisia sets presidential election for September 15

Originally scheduled for November, the vote was brought forward following President Beji Caid Essebsi’s death. “-Source: Aljazeera

Key Points

  • The Campaigning period will be from September 2 to 13
  • The presidential race was originally scheduled for November, but the vote was brought forward following Essebsi’s death on July 25
The presidential race was originally scheduled for November, but the vote was brought forward following Essebsi’s death on July 25

Tunisia Election is SET!

Tunisia‘s presidential election will be held on September 15, the North African country’s electoral body has announced, rejecting calls to postpone the vote after the death of ailing leader Beji Caid Essebsi.

The campaigning period will be from September 2 to 13, and the results of the vote will be announced two days after the polls, he said.

Tunisia Remains a Target

Tunisia remains a fragile democracy in a region surrounded by challenges. The elections are critical for Tunisians in consolidating their democratic process.

As an estimated 6.7 million Tunisian voters prepare to head to the polls to elect their next government later this year, a growing fear of terrorist attacks could risk undermining the democratic process in the North African country, some analysts warn.

Recent example:  Two suicide attackers blew themselves up in two separate bombings against police in the capital Tunis on June 27, leaving at least one police officer dead and injuring eight people. A third bombing occurred on July 2 after a militant surrounded by police blew himself up.


@DavidSecurity shares information on the Security Situation in Tunisia for the purposes of empowering companies operating in Tunisia as well as expats & travelers.

Tunisia tourism is booming but…

“Tunisia’s tourism revenues soared 42.5% in the first half of 2019 to $692 million compared to the same period last year, official figures showed on Monday.”-Source:  Reuters

Key Points:

  • Tunisia’s tourism by the numbers
  • Security Challenges ahead
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Tunisia Tourism

The number of tourists rose 17 percent in the first half of this year to 3.8 million compared to the same period in 2018.

Major European tour operators started to return last year, after three years of shunning Tunisia following an attack on a beach in Sousse that killed 39 tourists and a separate attack at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis that killed 21.

The number of tourists jumped to 8.3 million last year.

Tourism accounts for 8 percent of Tunisia’s gross domestic product.

Security Challenges Ahead

As an estimated 6.7 million Tunisian voters prepare to head to the polls to elect their next government later this year, a growing fear of terrorist attacks could risk undermining the democratic process in the North African country, some analysts warn.

Recent example:  Two suicide attackers blew themselves up in two separate bombings against police in the capital Tunis on June 27, leaving at least one police officer dead and injuring eight people. A third bombing occurred on July 2 after a militant surrounded by police blew himself up.

Best Summary of the situation:

“The future of the country – and hope for the Arab Spring – is very much tied to the 2019 elections. These elections will be the second democratic presidential and parliamentary elections for the country, provided the state of emergency is lifted to facilitate them. The sad reality of politics is that it is hard to buy into a democracy until the party that assumes power in the transition loses an election and hands over power*. That said, a greater reality in politics is that if there is no election (due to the state of emergency or a related matter), citizens lose all faith in the country’s institutions. A death of faith here would ultimately be the death of the Arab Spring.”- The African Report


@DavidSecurity shares information on the Security Situation in Tunisia for the purposes of empowering companies operating in Tunisia as well as expats & travelers.

Tunisia elections probably in November

Date: May 3, 2014

Source:  Reuters

Brief: T(Reuters) – Tunisia’s next presidential and parliamentary elections will probably be held in the second half of November, the election agency chief said on Saturday, about polls that will mark the country’s final step towards full democracy. Read More

 

TS Update-(Martyrs’ Day + Safety & Security)

Greetings Expats,

During the last few months we’ve seen a barrage of positive news regarding Tunisia.  The media-hype is backed up by a real measurable difference in terms of security improvements on the ground.  Still, security analysts remain cautious because a. Tunisia is going through a major transition and b. the deteriorating situation in Libya.

The U.S. Embassy recently updated their Safety & Security section regarding Tunisia. Here are the 3 points that caught my attention:

  1. While the Tunisian government has renewed its commitment and effectiveness in addressing security concerns over the past year, challenges remain.
  2. The ability of Tunisian Ministry of Interior forces to control civil unrest and demonstrations since a 2012 attack on U.S. Embassy Tunis and the nearby American Cooperative School of Tunis has improved.
  3. Terrorism also remains an increasingly significant concern.  Tunisian nationals have been involved in international terrorism and international terrorist organizations have on multiple occasions called for attacks in North Africa, including Tunisia.

Expat Awareness

The embassy does a good job of providing readers with practical security advise.  Being aware of our surroundings, staying informed, and avoiding areas where demonstrations take place are all easy yet effective things that we can do to strengthen our security setup.

Wednesday, April 9th is Martyrs’ day, a day in which Tunisians mark the massacre of the country’s nationalists by French troops in 1938.  Last year, we witnessed many demonstrations so it’s important that we remain security conscious as we make our plans to enjoy the beautiful weather we’re being spoiled with these days.

Let’s stay in touch and continue to share practical & relevant information.

 

Disclaimer:  Please note that this post is for informational use only and not affiliated with the U.S. embassy in Tunis.  

Thank you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tunisia lawmakers start debate on key step in democratic transition

Date: April 8, 2014

Source:  REUTERS

Brief:  (Reuters) – Tunisian Islamist and secular parties have begun a parliamentary debate on an election law, the final step before setting a ballot date to complete a transition to democracy in the country that lit the fuse of Arab popular uprisings.Read more

Tunisia treads path to political stability but still faces tests

Date: April 07, 2014

Source:  REUTERS 

Brief: (Reuters) – Three years after its uprising that inspired the Arab Spring revolutions, Tunisia is on its way to political stability with a new constitution and the promise of elections later this year. –Read more

Tunisia: Joint Statement By the United States and Tunisia

Date: April 06, 2014

Source:  allAfrica.com

Brief: Tunis, — In their meeting last Friday in the Oval Office at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama and interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa reaffirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Tunisia.-Read more

Regional Security Update-Libya-Tunisia border post re-opens after weeks of tension

Date: April 07, 2014

Source:  The Daily Star

Brief:  ZARZIS, Tunisia: The main border crossing between Libya and Tunisia, a gateway for contraband Libyan petrol whose closure nearly a month ago fuelled tensions in southern Tunisia, reopened on Monday. –Read more

 

Embassy Update-Lifting of Travel Warning for Tunisia

Date: March 28, 2014

Source:  US Embassy Tunis

Brief:  Effective March 28, 2014 the U.S. Department of State lifted the Travel Warning for Tunisia which had been in place since September 15, 2012. The Department of State periodically reviews its Travel Warnings to ensure that they are up to date. After assessing the current situation in Tunisia, the Department of State determined that circumstances did not merit extending the Travel Warning for Tunisia. –Read more