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North Africa and the Sahel

Stories under this heading cover North Africa and the Sahel. North Africa is a region encompassing the northern portion of the African continent. It stretches from the Atlantic shores of Mauritania to Egypt's Suez Canal and the Red Sea. The Sahel spans from the eastern shores of the African continent, starting from Sudan and continuing up to the Atlantic shores of Mauritania and Senegal.

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In Tunisia, Ennahda calls for dialogue and says it is ready for early elections

In Tunisia, Ennahda calls for dialogue and says it is ready for early elections

Tunisia's largest political party has called for the holding of simultaneous legislative and presidential elections to guarantee the protection of the democratic process. On its part the European Union said in a statement that "the country’s commitment to democracy, and respect for the rule of law, for the Constitution and for the legislative framework must be maintained".
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Tunisia in crisis

Tunisia in crisis

Tunisia is in deep political crisis after the president dismissed the prime minister and suspended parliament in a move his opponents are describing as a coup. President Kais Saied said he would assume executive authority with the assistance of a new prime minister, in the biggest challenge yet to the democratic system Tunisia introduced following the 2011 revolution. The crisis also poses a challenge to the European Union which has previously strongly backed Tunisia's transition to democracy and its reform process.