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Oct 18, 2013

Tunisia’s ruling Islamists see elections in six months

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s ruling Islamists, who have agreed to make way for a caretaker government, see elections within six months to put the country’s political transition back on track after months of unrest, a senior party official said on Friday.

Nearly three years after an uprising toppled President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, divisions between Islamists and the opposition over the political role of Islam have delayed a democratic process once seen as a model for the region.

Oct 18, 2013

Tunisia’s Islamists see elections in six months

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s ruling Islamists, who have agreed to make way for a caretaker government, see elections within six months to put the country’s transition back on track after months of unrest, a senior party official said on Friday.

Nearly three years after an uprising toppled President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, divisions between Islamists and the opposition over the political role of Islam have delayed a democratic process once seen as a model for the region.

Oct 11, 2013

Tunisia Islamists ready to hand over power, see spring election

TUNIS (Reuters) – A black and white photograph on Rached Ghannouchi’s desk shows him as a young activist proclaiming the birth of a Tunisian Islamist movement that three decades later would win the first elections after the Arab uprisings.

But having inspired Islamists across the Middle East by rising to power following Tunisia’s 2011 popular revolution, Ghannouchi’s moderate Islamist Ennahda party now finds itself within weeks of voluntarily stepping down.

Oct 10, 2013

Chaotic oil power Libya far from partition

TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) – Deep in Libya’s southern Sahara, tribal sheikhs crowded into a Bedouin tent last month to declare their remote province bordering Algeria would break away from the government in far-off Tripoli.

A thousand miles to the east, armed protesters had seized ports disrupting oil shipments into the Mediterranean in support of local activists who appointed a de facto prime minister.

Oct 7, 2013

Analysis: Chaotic oil power Libya far from partition

TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) – Deep in Libya’s southern Sahara, tribal sheikhs crowded into a Bedouin tent last month to declare their remote province bordering Algeria would break away from the government in far-off Tripoli.

A thousand miles to the east, armed protesters had seized ports disrupting oil shipments into the Mediterranean in support of local activists who appointed a de facto prime minister.

Oct 6, 2013

Raid shows chaotic Libya a key militant haven

TUNIS (Reuters) – The U.S. raid to snatch a top al Qaeda suspect off a Tripoli street confirmed what many Libyans already feared: Post-revolution chaos has made their vast North African country a haven for Islamist militants with transnational ambitions.

Two years after a war backed by the West ousted Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is still fragile, its government weak and its army unable to control vast tracts of territory, where rival militias battle over a share of the country’s spoils.

Oct 5, 2013

Tunisia’s ruling Islamists start crisis talks with opposition

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s ruling Islamists on Saturday began talks with secular opponents to try to agree on a transitional government and new elections to end months of political deadlock.

The North African country, where an uprising two years ago began the “Arab Spring” revolts, has been in crisis since the July assassination of an opposition leader triggered street protests demanding the government’s resignation.

Sep 23, 2013

Tunisia faces confrontation as Islamists dig in

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s ruling Islamists rejected on Monday a plan for them to step down pending elections, deepening a confrontation with secular opponents that threatens the most promising democratic transition to have emerged from the Arab Spring.

Tunisia has been in turmoil since an opposition leader was assassinated in July, delivering a blow to hopes for a peaceful outcome to the first pro-democracy uprising in the Arab world.

Sep 9, 2013

Video shows leader of Algeria, Niger attacks

TUNIS (Reuters) – A video of militants who attacked Algeria’s Amenas gas field and a French mine in Niger shows Islamist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar praising, briefing and training fighters for his group’s operations in North Africa.

Belmokhtar, who has ties to al Qaeda’s North Africa wing, has been blamed for masterminding the January attack in Algeria that killed up to 38 foreign workers and exposed the security risks facing a top energy supplier to Europe.

Sep 8, 2013

Tunisia opposition rallies to street, pressures govt over crisis

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Tunisians took to the streets on Saturday to renew their demands that the Islamist-led government step down and end a political deadlock threatening the North African country’s fledgling democracy.

It was the largest protest since Tunisia’s crisis erupted over the killing of an opposition leader in July, increasing pressure on the ruling Ennahda party to make way for a caretaker government before proposed elections.

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      "Patrick Markey is the Senior Andean Correspondent for Reuters, based in Bogota, Colombia. For the last nine years he has covered and helped manage coverage across the Andean region, including Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. He has also reported on top stories across Latin America, including more recently the Honduras coup and Haiti's earthquake."
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