Ahmed Nadhif | 28 Jul 2021
In a move that had been expected for months, Tunisian President Kais Saied dismissed the prime minister and froze parliament on July 25, 2021, after declaring a "state of imminent danger" as stipulated in the new Tunisian constitution (2014). President Saied’s decisions came in the wake of widespread popular protests in the country on Republic Day and in the midst of an unprecedented wave of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
EPC | 28 Jun 2021
A severe political crisis has erupted in Tunisia due to the statements of the President of the Republic Kais Saied rejecting the national reform initiative put forward by the Tunisian Labour Union, calling for a return to the 1959 Constitution, which enshrines a presidential system in which the President of the Republic enjoys strong powers, unlike the current constitution which was issued in 2014. This crisis has erupted in a social context prone to explosion, and has been reflected in the conflict of positions, attitudes and strategies that characterises the relationship between the Tunisian political components.
EPC | 22 Jun 2021
The results of Algeria’s recent legislative elections, which were held on June 12, 2021, reflect the political equation resulting from the dynamics of shift and change in the country since the protest movement started on Feb. 22, 2019 that led to the fall of former President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika, drafting a new constitution and deposing and arresting a large number of leaders from the previous era.
EPC | 16 May 2021
Practical preparations began in Algeria for the early parliamentary elections to be held on 12 June 2021, following the decision by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in February 2021 to dissolve the People's National Assembly. These elections constitute the third stage in the course of political transformations experienced by Algeria in the past year, after the election of the country’s President and the ratification of the country’s new constitution.
Ahmed Nadhif | 12 Apr 2021
On 9 April 2021, Tunisian President Kais Saied began a three-day official visit to Egypt, his first since he took office in October 2019. During the visit, he met, alongside his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, a number of Egyptian officials and Islamic and Christian spiritual leaders. The visit came within a changing regional and internal context for Egypt and Tunisia alike.
EPC | 23 Mar 2021
On 11 March 2021, former Moroccan Prime Minister and Secretary-General of the Justice and Development Party (JDP) Abdelilah Benkirane announced that he would freeze his membership in his party in protest against the government's approval of the legislation to cultivate cannabis, within the framework of a deep crisis facing this Islamist party that has been leading the government coalition in Morocco since November 2011.
EPC | 15 Feb 2021
The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), which met in Geneva on 6 February 2021, has reached an agreement on the choice of the leadership of the executive authority for the transitional phase responsible for holding the parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December 2021. While the results of the vote came as a surprise, they reflected the scales and stakes of the current political conflict in Libya in the prospect of reaching a final deal for the political solution.
Bilal Abdullah | 20 Dec 2020
In the light of the declared trends of the administration of US President-elect Joe Biden regarding his foreign policy, speculations prevail about adverse policies and positions that are likely to be taken by his administration vis-à-vis both Russia and Turkey on a number of issues. This raises questions about the status of the Libyan conflict within those forthcoming positions of the new administration towards the two countries.