The Media Line led over twenty years ago in pioneering the American independent news agency in the Middle East, arguably the first in the region. We have always stayed true to our mission: to provide you with contextual sourced and trustworthy news. In an age of fake news masquerading as journalism, The Media Line plays a crucial role in providing fact-based news that deserves your support.

We're proud of the dozens of young students we've trained in our Press and Policy Student Program who will form the vanguard of the next generation of journalists to the benefit of countless millions of news readers.

Look out for exciting new additions as we enter 2022.

We thank our loyal readers and wish you all the happiest of holidays.
The Media Line

Non-profit news needs public support.
Please support us with your generous contributions:
Tunisia’s President Declares Will Rule by Decree
Tunisian President Kais Saied is shown on Oct. 23, 2019 taking the oath of office at the parliament in Tunis. (Jdidi Wassim/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Tunisia’s President Declares Will Rule by Decree

Tunisia’s president announced that he will rule by decree, which allows him to run the country while suspending part of the country’s constitution. Kais Saied issued the decree in the country’s official gazette and laid out the measure in a series of tweets. The announcement on Wednesday comes two months after Saied fired the government and suspended parliament, and assumed executive authority in a move his critics have called a coup.

Kais’ decree states that he will be “extending the freezing of parliamentary powers and the lifting of the parliamentary immunity, and putting an end to the salaries and privileges granted to the Parliament members and speaker.” In addition, “The preamble of the Constitution, Chapters 1 and 2, and all other provisions not in conflict with the exceptional measures, are still in force.”

The decree also states that Saied will move to change the political system. “The provisional Commission to review the constitutionality of draft laws is abolished. And the President will prepare draft amendments on political reforms with the assistance of a committee to be set up by presidential decree,” the Tunisian Presidency tweeted.

Tunisia’s 2011 revolution was one of the triggers of the Arab Spring.

Give the Gift of Trusted News!

Dear friends,

The Media Line is always there to report to you the stories and issues of the Middle East – completely and in context: TML is the source you can trust.

Know The Media Line to Know The Middle East!

Please support our ad-free, nonprofit news agency. Our seasoned journalists reporting from the Middle East are working day and night during these challenging, yet defining times; and our student interns are honing their knowledge and skills, preparing to emerge as tomorrow’s journalists.

You rely on us and we’re relying on you! Make your online tax-deductible donation here and contact us regarding donations through appreciated stock, donor advised funds, qualifying IRA distributions and other charitable instruments.

Thank you for confidence in The Media Line.
 
Felice Friedson
Founder, President

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.