Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Tunisia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Tunisia

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Jan. 29: Parliament approved Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa's new technocratic government by a vote of 149 out of 193 lawmakers during an overnight session. The new ministers were sworn in and replaced the Ennahda Movement-led administration after a deal to end political turmoil and prepare for new elections. [Daily Star, 1/29]

Feb. 4: The Tunisian National Guard killed Kamel Gadhgadhi and six other heavily armed men whom the government labeled as terrorists. Gadhagdhi was a senior member of Tunisia's banned Islamist group Ansar al-Shari'a and the suspected assassin of Tunisian opposition figure Chokri Bélaïd whose death sparked political turmoil. [Daily Star, 2/4]

Feb. 17: Over 1,000 protesters gathered in the town of Jendouba to protest terrorism and violence in response to the previous day's killings in which four Islamist militants dressed as security officers killed three policemen and a civilian in the Jendouba area of western Tunisia. The gunmen set up a roadblock and fired at cars and ultimately were not captured. [Daily Star, 2/17]

Feb. 21: Eleven Libyans died when their airplane crashed 25 miles south of Tunis after the airplane's engine caught fire. Three doctors, two people seeking medical treatment, and six crewmembers were on board. One of the patients who died was Miftah Dawudi, a member of Libya's government and a founder of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which helped overthrow Mu'ammar al-Qadhafiin 2011. [Daily Star, 2/21]

Feb. 27: Riots continued for a third day in central Gafsa, approximately 200 miles south of Tunis, after a public environmental company announced the results of their recruitment process, from which the protesters felt unfairly excluded. Rioters burned tires, threw stones at police, set fire to the local office of the Ennahda Movement and a police office, and damaged a court building. Social unrest over joblessness had often led to violence in Tunisia. …

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