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Tunisia lifts emergency rule in force since 2011 uprising

Tunisia's president has lifted a state of emergency in force since the 2011 uprising that triggered the Arab Spring, his office said Thursday. "The president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Moncef Marzouki, issued a decree lifting the state of emergency in the whole country from Wednesday, March 5, 2014," said a statement. iba-alf/dv/jk

Tunisian pardoned over Mohammed caricatures

A Tunisian jailed for posting caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed online has received a pardon from President Moncef Marzouki, his spokesman said Wednesday, but it is unclear whether he will be released. "A presidential pardon for Jabeur Mejri has been issued for the case in which he was condemned to nearly eight years" in prison, spokesman Adnene Manser told Shems FM radio. Mejri, 29, was sentenced in March 2012 to seven and half years in jail for posting cartoons of the prophet on his Facebook page.

Tunisian pardoned over Mohammed caricatures

A Tunisian jailed since 2012 for posting caricatures of Prophet Mohammed online has received a presidential pardon, an official said Wednesday, but it is unclear whether he will be released. President Moncef Marzouki signed the pardon for Jabeur Mejri concerning the "main case," the president's spokesman Adnene Manser told Shems FM radio, but he added: "We were surprised by the existence of another (criminal) case," without elaborating. alf-iba/jk/hc

Artists launch 'draw-in' campaign over jailed Tunisia cartoonist

Artists from a dozen countries Tuesday launched an online campaign called "100 drawings for Jabeur" Mejri in support of the Tunisian jailed in 2012 for posting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed online. The launch of the campaign comes nearly two weeks after Tunisia adopted a new constitution that guarantees the right to freedom of conscience and expression.

Artists launch 'draw-in' campaign over jailed Tunisia cartoonist

Artists from a dozen countries Tuesday launched an online campaign called "100 drawings for Jabeur" Mejri in support of the Tunisian jailed in 2012 for posting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed online. The launch of the campaign comes nearly two weeks after Tunisia adopted a new constitution that guarantees the right to freedom of conscience and expression.

Tunisia leaders sign new constitution

Tunisia's leaders, President Moncef Mazrouki, outgoing premier Ali Larayedh and assembly speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar, on Monday signed the new constitution, a landmark event in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Marzouki was the first to sign the charter which the national assembly adopted by an overwhelming majority in an overnight session, more than three years after the revolution that toppled a decades-old dictatorship. bur-alf/sma/hc

Tunisia PM designate says tasked anew to form government

Prime minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa said on Tunisian television Sunday he was asked anew by the president to form a government to steer the country out of crisis. Jomaa had been expected to submit his lineup to President Moncef Marzouki on Saturday but shortly after midnight he announced his failure to form a new government. Media outlets have said the main sticking point was the identity of the future interior minister, at a time when Tunisia is gripped by deep political crisis and mounting unrest. alf/hkb/hc

Tunisia PM-designate says failed to form new cabinet

Tunisia's Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa announced Saturday he had failed to reach a consensus on a new cabinet due to oversee the run-up to fresh elections. He had been due to submit his line-up to President Moncef Marzouki Saturday but said: "I chose not to do it in order for a consensus to be reached." kl-alf/jmm/lm

Tunisia's Jomaa says tasked with forming new government

Tunisia's President Moncef Marzouki tasked premier- designate Mehdi Jomaa Friday with forming a cabinet of independents to end months of political deadlock and lead the country to fresh elections. "I met President Moncef Marzouki, who charged me with forming the government," Jomaa said on national television, speaking from the presidency. ms-alf/sma/al

Tunisian president says will free jailed Prophet cartoonist

Tunisia's President Moncef Marzouki said Wednesday he would free a young Tunisian man jailed last year for posting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed online once tensions in the country had eased. Jabbeur Mejri was sentenced at a closed hearing in March 2012 to seven and half years in jail for posting caricatures of the Prophet on his Facebook page. He petitioned the president for a pardon earlier this year, saying he regretted his actions.
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