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*Tunisia, 4th favorite destination of the French (TAP)

Tunisia is still a favorite destination for French tourists. It occupies the 4th position ahead of Turkey, Morocco and Egypt, in the ranking of the Top 20 tourist destinations in May 2022, performed by the Barometer Orchestra, commissioned by the French trade magazine l’Echo touristique.

Tunisia is thus regaining its pre-crisis place, in this barometer showing the reopening of the borders and the health break. It is ahead of three European countries: Greece, Spain and metropolitan France,

In its ranking, the barometer, which is based on the performance and sales of travel agencies (offline and online), reported a 64% increase in sales in Tunisia in the “Business” category and 21% in the “Average basket” category.

In total, the sales volume showed a monthly evolution of 46% in May 2022, compared to May 2019. Indeed, in 2019 more than 800 thousand French people visited Tunisia, among 2.7 million Europeans.

*Tunisia: Trade deficit reaches $3.27 billion in 5 months (AA)

Tunisia’s trade deficit has increased by 67% year-on-year to 9.929 billion dinars ($3.27 billion) in the first five months of 2022.

The increase in the trade deficit is the result of a 35.3% year-on-year increase in imports to 33.212 billion dinars ($10.96 billion).

Rising prices for food and energy derivatives have led to a rise in import values ​​this year, against a background of high global inflation, mainly caused by the Russo-Ukrainian war.

The value of exports rose 25.1% year-on-year to 23.283 billion dinars ($7.684 billion) in the period.

Consumer price inflation in Tunisia reached an annualized 7.8% in May, from 7.5% in April, almost the highest level in 30 years.

*Tunisia / Referendum: The electoral body meets on Monday to pass a regulatory decision (AA)

The Independent High Authority for Elections in Tunisia (ISIE) announced on Sunday that its council will meet on Monday to pass a regulatory decision regarding the terms and procedures for participating in the referendum campaign.

The ISIE said the council’s deliberations will be broadcast live on its official website.

It should be noted that the presidential decree regarding the convocation of voters to the referendum on the new constitution of Tunisia was published on July 25, 2021 in the Official Gazette of the Tunisian Republic (JORT).

The Authority had published a decision on 3 June regarding the referendum calendar stating that the submission of declarations of participation in the referendum campaign will take place from 2 June 8am to Monday 27 June 6pm.

In addition, the referendum campaign in the country will begin on July 3 at midnight and end at midnight on the 23rd of the same month. As for Tunisians living abroad, the campaign will run from July 1 to 21.

The results will be announced on July 28, 2022, while the ISIE will announce the final results after the appeals are heard by August 28, 2022 at the latest.

*Tunisia: Military justice places journalist in custody for statements about army (AA)

A Tunisian lawyer announced on Sunday that military justice has decided to detain journalist Salah Attia for his statements involving the Tunisian army.

Attia told Qatari channel Al-Jazeera on Saturday that “Tunisian President Kaïs Said has asked the military institution to surround the headquarters of the Tunisian General Labor Union, following the general strike call launched on Thursday by the latter. “

And the journalist added: “The military refused to comply with the president’s request and informed the leaders of the central union.”

The UGTT says its call for a public sector strike on Thursday is not political in nature, but rather aims to meet social demands.

The military prosecutor has authorized the opening of an investigation against journalist Salah Attia, who is accused of an attack aimed at changing the form of government, inciting weapons against each other or causing disorder, murder or looting on Tunisian territory, attributing to a government official unlawful acts in connection with his functions, without ascertaining their correctness, tarnishing the dignity, reputation, morale of the military and the contempt of others through public communication networks.

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