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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'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

Tunisia president says confident can overcome political crisis

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki said he was confident the country could overcome a protracted political crisis that deepened Tuesday with the breakdown of talks on a new prime minister. "Tunisia will get through this difficult phase," Marzouki said during a visit to Paris in his first reaction to the failure of the talks between ruling Islamists and the opposition. "We are determined to promote a democratic process, whatever the present difficulties may be." swi/am/hmn

Tunisia announces three days of mourning for slain soldiers: TV

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's president announced three days of mourning for 8 soldiers killed in an ambush attack by militants, state television said. Tunisian television cut regular programming and broadcast Quranic verses and patriotic songs, and announced that President Moncef Marzouki would address the nation shortly. (Reporting by Erika Solomon; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

French president arrives in Tunis amid Egypt turmoil

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Tunisia on Thursday for a two-day visit to the birthplace of the Arab Spring, amid turmoil in Egypt where the army deposed a democratically elected president after massive nationwide protests. Hollande's plane landed at around 1230 GMT and he was greeted by Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, whose country has also battled political instability since the revolution in January 2011. ha/alf/sma/hkb

Tunisian president visits Algerian border where army is searching for militants

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's president visited a mountainous area near the border with Algeria on Tuesday where the army was hunting Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda, his office said. "President Moncef Marzouki arrived Mount Chambi to raise the morale of soldiers and check on the conduct of pursuit operations there", an official in the president's office told Reuters.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Tunisia president testifies in Belaid murder probe: office

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Thursday testified in the murder probe of Chokri Belaid, his office said in a statement, after the opposition leader's family said he had received death threats. "President Moncef Marzouki received this morning the judge of the Tunis first instance tribunal who heard his testimony as witness in the assassination of Chokri Belaid," said the statement.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Tunisian president denouces 'odious assassination'

Tunisia's President Moncef Marzouki on Wednesday denounced "the odious assassination" of opposition leader Chokri Belaid. In an impassioned speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where he spent many years in exile himself, he denounced "the odious assassination of a political leader who I knew well and who was my friend." ccr/lc

URGENT ¥¥¥ Tunisia president scraps trip after opposition leader murder

President Moncef Marzouki has cancelled his participation in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Cairo and is heading back to Tunisia after the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, the presidency said on Wednesday. "He returns early this afternoon. It has just been decided," presidential adviser Ghassen Dridi told AFP by phone. alf/bsh/sma/hkb
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