Tunisia is struggling with its worst financial crisis due to stalled negotiations with the IMF raising concerns in Europe that it could spark a new wave of migrants crossing the Mediterranean.
Boat sinking that left five people dead and 28 others missing is the latest tragedy in central Mediterranean, known as world's deadliest migration route.
Tunisia's President Kais Saied has denied racism following an outcry against his remarks in which he said migrants were behind most crimes in the North African country.
Tunisian coastguard says 54 people were saved and 14 bodies were recovered from a sunken boat filled with migrants hoping to make it to Europe.
Hundreds of nationals of Ivory Coast and Mali return home from Tunisia after President Kais Saied claimed refugees and migrants were behind most crime in the North African country, fuelling a spate of sackings, evictions and attacks.
Noureddine Bhiri was taken into custody in the capital, Tunis, on suspicion of being part of a “conspiracy against the country’s security” .
Turnout was just 11.3 percent of Tunisia's 8 million voters, according to estimates from the national electoral commission — about the same level of participation as in the first round of voting last month.
President Kais Saied shut down the elected parliament in 2021 and began to reshape the political system, but low turnout for December's election of a new, mostly powerless legislature revealed little public appetite for his changes.
A 91 percent abstention rate from Tunisia's parliamentary elections indicates a growing gap between Tunisians and the North African country's politics.
Authorities record just 8.8 percent of the nine-million-strong electorate casting votes, with full results expected on Sunday.
The North African country will vote on Saturday to elect a new parliament, but voters have low expectations of ending the country’s socioeconomic and political woes.
Heavily indebted Tunisia has secured a $1.9 billion loan while Egypt is close to finalising a deal.
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