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UPDATE 1-Tunisian police keep ageing opposition leader hours for questioning
Oggi 00:13 - RSF
(Recasts with police keeping Ghannouchi waiting more than 10 hours for questioning)
TUNIS, Sept 19 (Reuters) - The ageing leader of Tunisia's main opposition party was still waiting to be questioned by police more than 10 hours after arriving to answer a summons, his lawyer said on Monday, accusing the authorities of abuse.

Rached Ghannouchi, 81, head of the Islamist Ennahda party and speaker of the dissolved parliament, faces investigation over accusations relating to terrorism, which his party denies, calling it a political attack on a foe of President Kais Saied.

Ennahda has accused Saied of an anti-democratic coup since he seized most powers last summer, shutting down the parliament and moving to rule by decree, powers he has largely formalised with a new constitution ratified in a July referendum.

Dozens of protesters including lawyers and political activists gathered outside the police station to demonstrate against the questioning of Ghannouchi when he arrived there soon after midday.

"The police state is finished. We are with you Ghannouchi," some of them chanted. Others chanted: "Freedom".

Ghannouchi's lawyers said he and another senior party member, former prime minister Ali Larayedh, would be questioned by police for "sending jihadists to Syria", charges they and the party say are baseless.

Police did not start questioning Larayedh until five hours after the men had arrived, the lawyer said.

Tunisian authorities have not given any statement on the reason for Ghannouchi's summons. Last month several former security officials and two Ennahda members were arrested on charges connected to Tunisians travelling for jihad.

The Ennahda leader has been a key player in Tunisian politics since the 2011 revolution that brought democracy, with his party joining several successive coalition governments.

When Saied seized most powers last summer and shut down the parliament, Ghannouchi accused him of an anti-democratic coup, something the president has denied.

Speaking to Reuters late on Saturday, Ghannouchi said the summons was "a new attempt to target opponents and a new step towards exclusion".

Security and official sources estimated that around 6,000 Tunisians travelled to Syria and Iraq last decade to join jihadist groups including Islamic State. Many were killed there while others escaped and returned to Tunisia.

"I was against this phenomenon and took measures to limit it," Larayedh said, saying the summons had been concocted to distract public attention from high prices.

Secular parties have accused Ennahda of being lenient towards Islamist militants, something the party has long denied.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara Writing by Angus McDowall Editing by Mark Potter and Sam Holmes)
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UPDATE 1-Tunisia's anti-terrorism police detain former prime minister Ali Laarayedh
Oggi 07:55 - RSF
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TUNIS, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Tunisia's anti-terrorism police detained for one day Ali Laarayedh, a former prime minister and senior official in the Islamist opposition Ennahda party, after an investigation into suspicions of sending jihadists to Syria, lawyers said on Tuesday.

In the same case, the police postponed the hearing of Tunisia's Islamist opposition leader and speaker of the dissolved parliament Rached Ghannouchi to midday on Tuesday, after waiting for about 14 hours.

It is expected that Laarayedh will appear before a judge on Wednesday, lawyer Mokthar Jmayi told Reuters.

"We are shocked..the file is completely empty and without any evidence", Samir Dilou, another lawyer said.

Ennahda denies accusations of terrorism, calling it a political attack on a foe of President Kais Saied.

Ghannouchi, 81, has accused Saied of an anti-democratic coup since he seized most powers last summer, shutting down the parliament and moving to rule by decree, powers he has largely formalised with a new constitution ratified in a July referendum.

Last month, several former security officials and two Ennahda members were arrested on charges connected to Tunisians travelling for jihad.

Security and official sources estimated that around 6,000 Tunisians travelled to Syria and Iraq last decade to join jihadist groups including Islamic State. Many were killed there while others escaped and returned to Tunisia.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Editing by Kim Coghill and Lincoln Feast.)
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UPDATE 1-Tunisians protest against poverty, high prices and food shortages
Oggi 01:26 - RSF
(adds another protest in the capital)
TUNIS, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Tunisians protested on Sunday night in the capital against poverty, high prices and the shortage of some foodstuff, escalating pressure on the government of President Kais Saied, as the country suffers an economic and political crisis.

Tunisia is struggling to revive its public finances as discontent grows over inflation running at nearly 9% and a shortage of many food items in stores because the country cannot afford to pay for some imports.

The North African nation is also in the midst of a severe political crisis since Saied seized control of the executive power last year and dissolved parliament in a move his opponents called a coup.

In the poor Douar Hicher district in the capital, some protesters lifted loaves of bread in the air. Other chanted, "Where is Kais Saied?". Angry youths burned tires.

In the Mornag suburb, young men blocked roads, protesting the suicide of a young man who his family says hanged himself, after municipal police harassed him and seized a weighing machine when he was selling fruit in the street without permission.

Riot police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters in
Mornag. Protesters raised slogans against the police and threw stones.

In Douar Hicher, protesters chanted "Jobs, freedom and national dignity," and "We can't support crazy price hikes", "Where is sugar?".

Food shortages are worsening in Tunisia with empty shelves in supermarkets and bakeries, adding to popular discontent at high prices of many Tunisians who spend hours searching for sugar, milk, butter, cooking oil and rice.

Videos on social media showed on Sunday dozens of customers scrambling to win a kilogram of sugar in market.

Tunisia, which is suffering its worst financial crisis, is seeking to secure an International Monetary Fund loan to save public finances from collapse.

The government raised this month the price of cooking gas cylinders by 14% for the first time in 12 years. It also raised fuel prices for the fourth time this year as part of a plan to reduce energy subsidies, a policy change sought by the IMF.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara Editing by Alistair Bell)
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Tunisia's dinar hits a record low versus dollar
29/09/2022 15:35 - RSF
TUNIS, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Tunisia’s dinar currency has fallen to a record low versus the dollar, central bank data showed on Thursday, a decline that threatens to erode Tunisia’s foreign currency reserves and will increase inflationary pressures.

Tunisia’s annual inflation rate rose to 8.6% in August, the highest level in nearly three decades.

The dinar traded at 3.309 against the dollar on Wednesday down by 17.5% from a year ago, the central bank said.

The decline will also make debt servicing more expensive and widen the budget deficit.

In May the dinar changed hands at 3.101 per dollar for the first time, driven down by high inflation, a worsening trade deficit and the severe impact of the Ukraine crisis on public finances.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Editing by Toby Chopra)
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