WorldDaily briefing of Tunisian news

Daily briefing of Tunisian news

AA / Tunis

** European Parliament / Borrell: “Our final objective is to restore constitutional normality in Tunisia” (AA)

A resolution on the political situation in Tunisia was discussed on Tuesday in plenary session in the European Parliament. The resolution will be put to a vote on Thursday, October 21.
The session, which lasted one hour, was opened with a speech by the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, followed by 17 speeches by MEPs from various mobilities.

“Tunisia finds itself in a worrying situation”, alarmed Borell at the beginning of his speech.
The High Representative of the EU considered that the Tunisian Parliament could not remain closed indefinitely, insisting on the need to restore the activities of this institution as soon as possible.

** Tunisia: 18 irregular migration attempts thwarted in one night (AA)
The Tunisian National Guard foiled 18 attempts at irregular migration to Italy, on the night of Monday to Tuesday, while saving 340 irregular migrants.

National Guard spokesman Houssem Eddine Jebabli said in a statement on Tuesday that “Maritime Guard units in the northern, coastal and central regions thwarted 18 attempts at irregular migration to Italy “.

“340 irregular migrants were rescued, including 193 of sub-Saharan nationality,” said the Tunisian official.

** Tunisia: PDL calls for the dissolution of parliament (AA)
The Free Destourien Party (PDL) called on the President of the Republic to set a specific deadline for the end of the exceptional measures in the country and the dissolution of Parliament, whose activities have been frozen since July 25. This was reported by Agence Tunis-Afrique Presse (TAP / official).

In a motion published Monday evening, at the end of the party meeting held last weekend, the PDL called on the President of the Republic to organize early legislative elections “to allow the people to exercise their power. sovereignty “and” the establishment of a tool for controlling the decisions of those in power which is neutral and independent “.

** Anti-Covid-19 vaccine / Tunisia: more than 100,000 absences (AA)
Some 120,072 people have been called in to receive either the first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, as of October 18, 2021. Only 20,540 have been vaccinated.

This is what emerges from the latest report published Monday evening by the Ministry of Health and relayed by the Tunis-Afrique Presse Agency (TAP / official).

For the first dose, 88,767 people were summoned but only 8,552 were vaccinated and for the second dose 31,305 were summoned but only 11,988 were vaccinated.

** German Minister of State for Foreign Affairs visits Tunisia (AA)
German Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Niels Annen arrives in Tunisia for an official visit on October 19 and 20.

This is what emerges from a press release issued by the German Embassy in Tunis, indicating that during his visit, “ the German Minister of State will conduct political talks and meet with members of the government as well as representatives of civil society and political parties, ” Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP / official) reported.

According to the same source, “this visit is part of a tour including Algeria and Libya”.

** 23 thousand 874 citizens vaccinated against the coronavirus on October 19, 2021 (TAP)
23,000 874 citizens were vaccinated against the coronavirus on October 19, 2021, the health ministry reported on Tuesday evening.
In its daily bulletin on the progress of the vaccination campaign launched last March, the ministry said that 89,000 619 people summoned to receive the vaccine during that day did not show up.

** Azour: The IMF in permanent contact with the Tunisian authorities and awaits a new government reform program (TAP)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in constant contact with the Tunisian authorities to provide technical assistance and advice, said on Tuesday Jihad Azour, director of the Middle East and Central Asia department at the Fund.

The IMF is also monitoring the situation in the country to obtain more information on the reform plans and policies that the new government will adopt, he said, in response to a question posed by the Tap on the provision of the Bretton Woods Institution to help Tunisia, in particular, after the downgrade of its sovereign rating.
The official also announced that he will meet with members of the Tunisian government over the next few days.

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