Tunisian news daily briefing

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– Tunisia: Interior Ministry thwarts terrorist plan (AA)

The Tunisian interior ministry announced on Wednesday that it had thwarted the terrorist plan, according to a statement released by the ministry and relayed by Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP/official).

Initiated by the National Terrorist Investigation Team, the “alleged” operation uncovered two elements who were planning to hijack a cash vehicle belonging to a commercial establishment before proceeding with their arrest.

The security forces were also able, thanks to intelligence gathered, to dismantle a terrorist support cell in the Kasserine area that was providing logistical support to terrorist elements entrenched on the heights of the area.

During this operation, funds and electronic equipment were seized and four terrorist elements were detained, we read from the same source.

– The President of Tunisia announces the dissolution of Parliament “for the preservation of the State” (AA)

Tunisian President Kais Syed on Wednesday announced the dissolution of the Assembly of Peoples’ Representatives (Parliament), calling what the Parliament did that day a “failed coup attempt.”

The announcement came just hours after Parliament (whose prerogatives were frozen) passed a law in a virtual plenary session that repealed the exceptional measures taken by Said on July 25.

In his speech at a meeting of the National Security Council in the Tunisian capital, Said said he was announcing today “the dissolution of parliament in order to preserve the state and its institutions.”

And further: “This body (Parliament) has met, and no one knows how it was convened, since it is frozen.”

– Tunisian Parliament Passes Law Repealing Exceptional Measures of President Syed (AA)

The Tunisian Parliament (whose prerogatives have been suspended) approved in a virtual plenary meeting on Wednesday a law repealing the emergency measures taken by President Qais Said on July 25 last year.

116 of the 121 MPs who participated in the meeting (out of 217 MPs) voted in favor of the law, according to MP Marwa bin Tamrut from the Ennahda Movement (53 MPs).

The MP said that the bill had no reservations or rejections from the members present at the meeting, but she did not specify the position of the 5 MPs who did not vote for this law.

– Tunisia: BCT revisits cyberattack it was the target of (AA)

The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT) has announced a series of measures following the discovery of a cyberattack targeting the bank.

The first steps taken were to isolate the Bank’s website, prohibit all internal and external access to the data center, and launch the first investigations. The IT department of BCT, in parallel, presented to the Council the observed facts and measures taken after this incident.

According to the press release, the cybernetics firm was responsible for conducting a thorough investigation of the aforementioned attack, up to and including the discovery of the virus and the source of the attack.

Early findings indicated that all of the bank’s data was intact and that the attack affected the bank’s front servers and compromised the mail server and directory that BCT had healthy copies of in its backup system.

– BCT/Tunisia: slightly better recovery in economic activity (AA)

The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT) held its periodic meeting on March 30, 2022 and reviewed the latest economic and financial developments.

At the international level, and after the recovery recorded at the beginning of the year, global economic activity should feel the consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.

Recent macroeconomic forecasts by the European Central Bank revised GDP growth in the Eurozone, Tunisia’s main trading partner, by 0.5 percentage points to 3.7% for all of 2022, from 5.4% in 2021.

With regard to international prices, the Council notes that since the beginning of the Russo-Ukrainian crisis, prices for basic foodstuffs and raw materials have remained at historically high levels, which is likely to maintain inflationary pressures and increase monetary tightening in both developed and in developed countries. and developing countries, according to a press release.

– Tunisian trade unionist: decision to strike to protect workers’ purchasing power (AA)

The general secretary of the Tunisian General Union (UGTT), Noureddine Taboubi, announced on Wednesday that the state (government) sector of the union has approved the strike principle to protect workers’ purchasing power (instead of high costs). life).

Tabubi said “the public (public) sector union has approved the principle of the general strike, pending its submission to the board of directors next week for approval.”

“We are not asking for a wage increase, but a purchasing power adjustment,” the trade unionist explained, before pointing out “what a Tunisian could buy for 100 dinars ($33.6) in 2015, today he buys for 227 dinars.” dinars (76.4 dollars).”

* Tunisia: start of virtual parliamentary session (AA)

Tarek Fetiti, second vice president of the Tunisian Assembly of Representatives (parliament), announced on Wednesday the start of the parliamentary session, the second since President Qais Said announced the suspension of parliament in July.

In his opening speech delivered during the parliamentary session, which was broadcast on YouTube, Fetiti indicated that “121 MPs (out of a total of 217) reacted to the session.”

He stressed that 8 members of the “Ennahda” movement (53 deputies) filed an application for resignation from the parliament.

During this session, Fetiti introduced a bill aimed at reversing the exceptional measures taken by Tunisian President Cais Said on 25 July, including the freezing of parliamentary prerogatives.

– Tunisia: Enfidha Airport receives the first EasyJet Swiss flight from Geneva (AA)

Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport, operated by TAV Tunisia, welcomed the first EasyJet Swiss flight from Geneva on Tuesday with 184 passengers on board, according to a TAV Tunisia press release shared by Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP/Official).

The budget airline has not operated in Tunisia since 2015. It announced in January that it would connect Geneva Airport to Enfidha-Hammamet Airport from 29 March to 29 October 2022 with three flights a week, operating every Tuesday and Thursday. and Saturday.

TAV also noted that the airline will operate two flights per week from Manchester and two more flights from London’s Gatwick Airport.

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