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2014 Presidential elections in Tunisia
Tunis
By Adeline Bailleul
24 Nov 2014

Raw footage of the polling stations in Tunis during Tunisia's first presidential election since a new constitution was adopted in January 2014.

With a voter turnout around 64 percent, this election marks the country's first democratic transition of power. Over 80,000 servicemen were deployed to ensure safety at polling stations, where voting went fairly smoothly throughout the day.

Beji Caid Essebsi of the secular Nida Tounes is expected to emerge on top, with Moncef Marzouki of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party following close behind. However, at the close of polling, no candidate seemed likely to have enough votes to win outright, in which case a run-off would take place in December.

Official results are expected to be released Wednesday.

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2014 Presidential elections in Tunisia
Tunis
By Adeline Bailleul
22 Nov 2014

Photos of the polling stations in Tunis during the 2014 presidential elections.

With a voter turnout around 64 percent, this election marks the country's first democratic transition of power. Over 80,000 servicemen were deployed to ensure safety at polling stations, where voting went fairly smoothly throughout the day.

Beji Caid Essebsi of the secular Nida Tounes is expected to emerge on top, with Moncef Marzouki of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party following close behind. However, at the close of polling, no candidate seemed likely to have enough votes to win outright, in which case a run-off would take place in December.

Official results are expected to be released Wednesday.

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Tunisian Elections 2014 : The Revolut...
Tunis
By Adeline Bailleul
29 Oct 2014

ROUGH CUT / INTERVIEWS + RUSHES

With whispers of revolutionary ideals still on the lips of its disenchanted youth, Tunisia went to the polls to elect its parliament on Sunday, October 26. Tunisia’s electoral body announced that the provisional turnout was 60 %. The final results are expected on Wednesday.

Beyond the massive gatherings of political parties and campaigns that have bombarded the streets, a large category of Tunisians chose to not participate in the elections.

Nabila, Sonia, Mohammed and Nadhim are all activists in Tunisia. They decided to boycott the elections even though they were among the first to call for democracy during the Tunisian uprising. They all called for a boycott on the elections to resist attempts by the political class to derail their revolution, to distract people from its real objectives and goals.

There are indeed a fair number of Tunisians equally disappointed with the country’s democratic transition. Among them are the families of the martyrs of the revolution who gathered on Avenue Bourguiba on October 22 to vocalize their discontent with a transitional justice process that, from their perspective, has been blocked by the whole of the political class.

For them, most of the issues that triggered the revolution remain: police impunity; unemployment; inequality; and the lack of justice, dignity and hope. They decided to fight against what they see as a the continuity of tyranny.

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Tunisia's Slim Riahi: from Football t...
Tunis
By Filippo Del Bubba
24 Oct 2014

No one in Tunisia knew about Slim Riahi when the Tunisian revolution started in 2010. Now the businessman, famous in Tunis for owning the city's beloved football club is making a splash in Tunisian politics as the country readies for its first democratic elections since adopting a new constitution in January 2014.
The aftermath of the Tunisian revolution against ex-president Ben Ali, offered Slim the opportunity to come back to his country of origin and to found a political party, the Free Patriotic Union (UPL); to acquire a 20-percent stake of Dar Assabah, the newspaper publisher; to create three TV stations including Ettounsiya Al-Oula, Ettounsiya Sport and Ettounsiya News; and to become the president of Club Africain, Tunisia’s oldest football club. Four years later, he is challenging the main political forces by becoming his newly founded party’s candidate for the presidency. On the eve of Tunisian elections the UPL is poised to become the third major party in the country, tipping the balance decisively between Ennhada and Nida Tounes.
The UPL platform is based on 10 points: above all, security and military enforcement; second, development and job opportunity through private investments, a general non secular vision of the power, a managerial approach to politics. The political campaign is based on the richness of Slim Riahi, as antidote to corruption: he doesn't need public money. His campaign has been based on the capillary presence in poor neighborhoods and the promise of work and economic help to
families and young unemployed citizens. During legislative elections, his party joined the third position (following Nidaa Tounes -86- and Ennhada -69-) and his 16 sieges in Tunisian parliament will make the difference in government's future composition.
How can football promote a political career? How can financial strategies build political credibility? Europeans remembers the Italian experience, where former president Berlusconi was the owner of Milan’s football club and of three of Italy’s most important television stations. Will “football to politics” work in Tunisia, a country still seeking a way forward after revolutions shook up the country’s old political order?
At the team’s fan headquarters in the Bab el Jedid neighborhood of Tunis, supporters of Tunis’ Club Africain football team speak their minds about the political potential of their beloved club’s owner.

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Tunisia: Slim Riahi's UPL Tips Balanc...
Tunis
By Filippo Del Bubba
24 Oct 2014

B-ROLL FROM UPL MEETING IN TUNIS' EZZAHOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

No one in Tunisia knew about Slim Riahi when the Tunisian revolution started in 2010. Four years later, he is challenging the main political forces by becoming his newly founded party’s candidate for the presidency.

Born in Efidha in 1972, he grew up in exile in Libya where he studied management and build up his economic empire in the oil production, energy, aviation and property development industries. He recently moved to London, where he held both Tunisian and British citizenship.

The aftermath of the Tunisian revolution against ex-president Ben Ali, offered Slim the opportunity to come back to his country of origin and to found a political party, the Free Patriotic Union (UPL); to acquire a 20-percent stake of Dar Assabah, the newspaper publisher; to create three TV stations including Ettounsiya Al-Oula, Ettounsiya Sport and Ettounsiya News; and to become the president of Club Africain, Tunisia’s oldest football club.

Now, on the eve of Tunisian elections, he is in the running for President of the Republic as his party, UPL, is poised to become the third major party in the country, tipping the balance decisively between Ennhada and Nida Tounes.
The UPL platform is based on 10 points: first and foremost, security and military enforcement; second, development and creative employment through
private investments, a general non-secular vision of power, and a managerial approach to politics. The political campaign is largely funded by the private fortune of Slim Riahi, and uses it as a claim that he is not prone to corruption: he doesn't need public money. His campaign has been based on the capillary presence in poor neighborhoods and the promise of work and economic help to families and young unemployed citizens.

During legislative elections, his party took the third largest share of votes and securing 16 seats in the newly formed parlaiment. Though following well behind Nidaa Tounes (86 seats) and Ennhada (69 seats) their representation in the parliament has given Riahi's party a decisive role in the government's future composition.

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Tunisia's Slim Riahi: From Football t...
Tunis
By Filippo Del Bubba
13 Oct 2014

No one in Tunisia knew about Slim Riahi when the Tunisian revolution started in 2010. Four years later, he is challenging the main political forces by becoming his newly founded party’s candidate for the presidency.

Born in Efidha in 1972, he grew up in exile in Libya where he studied management and build up his economic empire in the oil production, energy, aviation and property development industries. He recently moved to London, where he held both Tunisian and British citizenship.

The aftermath of the Tunisian revolution against ex-president Ben Ali, offered Slim the opportunity to come back to his country of origin and to found a political party, the Free Patriotic Union (UPL); to acquire a 20-percent stake of Dar Assabah, the newspaper publisher; to create three TV stations including Ettounsiya Al-Oula, Ettounsiya Sport and Ettounsiya News; and to become the president of Club Africain, Tunisia’s oldest football club.

Now, on the eve of Tunisian elections, he is in the running for President of the Republic as his party, UPL, is poised to become the third major party in the country, tipping the balance decisively between Ennhada and Nida Tounes.

How can football promote a political career? How can financial strategies build political credibility? Europeans remembers the Italian experience of former president Berlusconi, the owner of Milan’s football club and of three of Italy’s most important television stations. Will “football to politics” work in Tunisia, a country still seeking a way forward after revolutions shook up the country’s old political order?

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Tunisia's Tourism Sector Looks for Al...
Tunis, Tunisia
By Mohamed Haddad
14 May 2013

A Video Report Done By: Sarah Mersch & Mohamed Haddad

Tunisia has long been a favorite destination for Western tourists. Since the revolution, prices went down, but so did the number of visitors - a disaster for the vital sector of Tunisian economy. 400,000 of Tunisia’s 10.5 million inhabitants depend on tourism, which makes up seven percent of the country’s GDP. Despite this, tourism professionals are looking for alternatives, whether it be wellness, cultural or hiking trips.

This is an international version, voice over + original soundbites are on the left track, ambient sound on the right.

Sidi Bou Said, a picturesque village over the hills of Tunis. Once a must for every visitor of the country, the small town is feeling the decline in tourism since the political turnover.

Mohamed Ben Ameur still opens his little souvenir stall every day, but the craftsman struggles to make a living.

SOUNDBITE Mohamed Ben Ameur, craftsman [ar]

There is nobody. Look, it’s Saturday and it’s empty. As soon as the big cruise ships leave, the street gets empty again. That’s what the minister said as well, there are less reservations than last year.

Half a million Tunisians and almost 10% of national income depend directly on tourism. Since the revolution, reservations have gone down by almost 15%.

Hammamet, an hour south of Tunis. It once used to be the hotspot of beach tourism, but the Europeans looking for cheap sun have gone elsewhere. Even though a week of all inclusive sells at 200 Euros.

Many of the three and four star hotels haven’t been renovated in a long time and struggle to keep the standard up. A third of the establishments should close for the sector to rejuvenate, professionals tell us off the record.

For the 4 star hotel Le Sultan, the situation is difficult, but the manager Mehdi Allani tries to keep up a good service. 120 employees are taking care of one hundred clients. An investment for a better future the owner still believes in. Mehdi Allani wants the restaurant setting to be top notch, even though yesterday, only twenty people ate here.

SOUNDBITE Mehdi Allani, Vice-President, Le Sultan hotel [fr]

Today, we are living a crisis. The priority should be reactivity. But this means being very fast. But we still function slowly, we’re in the phase of ‘Ah, we don’t have the money. We should... or maybe not...’. rather than acting quickly. [...] Our competitors are very reactive. If we want to compete on eye level, we need a lot of communication, a lot of events and most of all, reactivity. We need to be hyper-creative and hyper-fast.

After the revolution, Tunisia’s authorities have realized that its prior focus on cheap beach tourism is long outdated and especially vulnerable to political instability.

But the sector is still waiting for concrete initiatives by the authorities, Mehdi Allani says. He voluntarily works in a group of officials and tourism professionals to improve the situation of the industry and promote new concepts.

SOUNDBITE Mehdi Allani, Vice President, Le Sultan hotel [fr]

If we speak about the fact that there was a revolution, it happened in Tunisia, but not at the Tunisian Tourism Office, nor at the ministry. They still need to work on changing the habits, being creative.

Allani wants to go ahead and give a good example. Next to the Sultan, he’s constructing a second, even fancier hotel. Looking for alternatives, some hotel owners are increasingly focusing on golf and spa tourists, a rich clientele that is willing to pay for good service.

At the Hasdrubal, one of the few 5 star hotels in the region, the situation is very much the same as at the rest of Hammamet. Less than 20% of the capacity of this hotel with more than 400 beds is used in late May. But the Hasdrubal features something special:

SOUNDBITE Talha Husseini, General Director, Hasdrubal Thalassa hotel [fr]

This presidential suite is the biggest of the world. It measures 1540 m², features an interior and an exterior swimming pool, five sleeping rooms,....

The Salambo suite, where stars, starlets and politicians once came and gone has been deserted since the political turnover. The hotel opens it up only for TV crews. Nobody sleeps here anymore for 5000 Euros a night, neither Bashar Al Assad, nor Algerian president Bouteflika or Mariah Carey. Talha Husseini is in a hurry to quickly lead us through the suite. Other clients are to arrive soon - at the normal hotel, which has become the Hasdrubal’s main business.

SOUNDBITE Talha Husseini, General Director, Hasdrubal Thalassa hotel [fr]

The kind of clients that use the presidential suite are really part of the upper class. And they prefer not to come as long as the political situation in Tunisia is not really stable. Honestly speaking, 2011 and 2012 weren’t great.

The days of glory of the Hasdrubal have passed. The suite is mentioned in the Guinness book as the biggest of the world. Even though the award features big on the website, it fails to attract the clients the hotel once had.

SOUNDBITE Talha Husseini, General Director, Hasdrubal Thalassa hotel [fr]

When the owner of the hotel was building it, everybody told him that he was crazy. There were no clients for this kind of luxury tourism in Tunisia at the time. So he had to develop the clientele.

The director remains silent about the exact number of guests currently visiting the hotel. Most have been shied away by bad press and security concerns. The few who come enjoy the calm and empty beaches.
This british tourist is on his first visit to Tunisia. He appreciates the increased security measures

SOUNDBITE British tourist [en]

This morning, there were policemen going along the beach in buggies. There is always a risk, wherever you go in the world. I think the Tunisian government has seen that there is an interest and a need to address any concerns and they have dealt with that.

As the Hasdrubal once brought a new category of visitors to Tunisia, tourism professionals today try to develop another new clientele. The Northern region of Kef, once the wheat chamber of the Romans: tourists
have always been a rare sight here. Today, there are even less than before the revolution. But the population tries to promote local initiatives and to attract new clients. A cave serves local painter Ammar Belghit as a workshop. It could be one stop on a tour that takes visitors around the region, from hot springs to Roman ruins and the historical city of Kef. For Ahmed Trabelsi, the revolution was a blessing.

SOUNDBITE Ahmed Trabelsi, [exact function / association]

We are a lot more flexible. There’s no police car anymore following us around to see who these people are and what they are doing at Ammar’s grotto.

Before the revolution, to organise even a small hiking tour with a group of foreigners, guides needed almost a dozen permits from local and national authorities. Now they are free to show the treasuries of a country with rich history, which has a lot more to offer than just beaches.

Conscious that alternative tourism will not save the whole industry, the locals hope to at least attract a customer base which is less vulnerable to political hiccups.

In the meantime, the beaches are awaiting another quiet summer.

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TUNISIA – A NEW VICTIM OF TORTURE
Jerissa, Tunisia
By jamel
11 Sep 2012

Tension, protests and confrontation with police in Jerrisa, northwest of Tunisia after the funeral of ABDERAOUF AL KHAMASSI.
Abderaouf was a 30 year old man. He was arrested on August 28th 2012 in Tunis in a larceny affair.
4 policemen charged of doing the investigation beat and tortured him until he lost consciousness. He was taken to the Hospital Charles Nicolas in Tunis where he died.
Abdreaouf Khammasi is not the only victim of police brutality after the revolution: last week
The human rights activist Radhia Nasraoui announced in an interview that a lady was arrested and then violated by 3 policemen while they were working; the ministry of interior confirms this fact and promises to try the perpetrators in a court of law.

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TUNISIA – A NEW VICTIM OF TORTURE
Jerissa, Tunisia
By jamel
11 Sep 2012

Tension, protests and confrontation with police in Jerissa, northwest of Tunisia after the funeral of ABDERAOUF AL KHAMASSI.
Abderaouf was a 30 year old man. He was arrested on August 28th 2012 in Tunis in a larceny affair.
4 policemen charged of doing the investigation beat and tortured him until he lost consciousness. He was taken to the Hospital Charles Nicolas in Tunis where he died.
Abdreaouf Khammasi is not the only victim of police brutality after the revolution: last week
The human rights activist Radhia Nasraoui announced in an interview that a lady was arrested and then violated by 3 policemen while they were working; the ministry of interior confirms this fact and promises to try the perpetrators in a court of law.

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TUNISIA – A NEW VICTIM OF TORTURE
Jerissa, Tunisia
By jamel
11 Sep 2012

Tension, protests and confrontation with police in Jerrisa, northwest of Tunisia after the funeral of ABDERAOUF AL KHAMASSI.
Abderaouf was a 30 year old man. He was arrested on August 28th 2012 in Tunis in a larceny affair.
4 policemen charged of doing the investigation beat and tortured him until he lost consciousness. He was taken to the Hospital Charles Nicolas in Tunis where he died.
Abdreaouf Khammasi is not the only victim of police brutality after the revolution: last week
The human rights activist Radhia Nasraoui announced in an interview that a lady was arrested and then violated by 3 policemen while they were working; the ministry of interior confirms this fact and promises to try the perpetrators in a court of law.

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TUNISIA – A NEW VICTIM OF TORTURE
Jerissa, Tunisia
By jamel
11 Sep 2012

Tension, protests and confrontation with police in Jerrisa, northwest of Tunisia after the funeral of ABDERAOUF AL KHAMASSI.
Abderaouf was a 30 year old man. He was arrested on August 28th 2012 in Tunis in a larceny affair.
4 policemen charged of doing the investigation beat and tortured him until he lost consciousness. He was taken to the Hospital Charles Nicolas in Tunis where he died.
Abdreaouf Khammasi is not the only victim of police brutality after the revolution: last week
The human rights activist Radhia Nasraoui announced in an interview that a lady was arrested and then violated by 3 policemen while they were working; the ministry of interior confirms this fact and promises to try the perpetrators in a court of law.

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TUNISIA – A NEW VICTIM OF TORTURE
Tunisia Jarissah
By Editor's Picks
10 Sep 2012

Tense, protests and confrontation with police in JERRISA, northwest of Tunisia after the funeral of ABDERAOUF AL KHAMASSI.
Abderaouf is a 30 years old youth. He was arrested on august 28th 2012 in Tunis in a larceny affair.
4 policemen charged by doing the investigation still beating him and torturing him till he lost the conscience.
So he was taken to the Hospital Charles Nicolas in Tunis where he died.
Abdreaouf Khammasi is not the only victims of police repression after the revolution: last week
The human rights activist Radhia Nasraoui announced in an interview that a lady was arrested and then violated by 3 policemen while they were working; the ministry of interior confirms this fact and promises to try the perpetrators in a court of law.

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Graffiti from Tunisia
Tunisia ,Tunisia
By randoshka2000
05 Oct 2011

October 5, 2011 - Tunisia: Graffiti from Tunisia,

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Tunisian and Egyptian flags fly toget...
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By ahmed_samih
08 Feb 2011

HD footage of Tunisian and Egyptian flags flying together during a protest in Tahrir Square.