Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has held private talks with his Rival, Rached Ghannouci, leader of the Ennahda party, after their fallout last summer. Meetings at the Carthage presidential palace and in Doha are said to be part of Qatar-mediated talks.
In Lebanon, attempts to form a government have been deadlocked since Hezbollah and its allies have secured a cabinet majority. Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri heads into the fall all but powerless to address the economic decline.
Lebanon heads to general elections for the first time in nine years. This is the first elections to include the 82k expat voters, totaling the total registered voters at 3.6 million. This election also sees a new Electoral system in which voters will vote twice, once for coalitions and once for the candidate.