The parliamentary race is expected to be fought closely by the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, the more secular Tahya Tounes party of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, and the Nidaa Tounes party led by Hafedh Caid Essebsi, the president’s son.
The veteran politician, the oldest head of state after Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, came to power in 2014, three years after the Arab Spring uprising toppled longtime despot Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
The agile hands of men who once worked as pickpockets, hit men and drug traffickers are these days dedicated to a much more docile task: Cutting and sewing fabrics to create fashionable clothes at a workshop in the prison where they are serving time.
While it was their third over-all victory and thus their third take-away of the “Rolling Trophy,” the contingent also bested the other contestants in the topic “Industrial Animal Agriculture - A Compelling Contributor to Climate Change?”
Dr Omar Al Muthanna said, “The UAE is a beacon for many countries as well as one of the fastest growing economies in the region. We are appreciating the long-term relationship between the two countries of the UAE and Pakistan.
With Emirati graduates representing 54% of the class of 2022, the 13th cohort included 233 graduates comprising 145 Bachelor’s, 73 Masters and 15 Executive Diploma graduates.