Population: 11.02 mn.
GDP: 49.4 bn.
Debt: 22.3 bn.

Interim Premier and ex-Industry Minister Mehdi Jomaa will lead a government of technocrats to steer through a new constitution and prepare for national elections this year. His predecessor, Ali Larayedh from the Islamist Ennahda party, stepped down on 9 January after protests from trades unionists and leftists. 

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  • Vol 56 No 3
  •  6th February 2015

Doubts over banks sell-off

Privatisation looms for the state’s big stake in banking but the public could end up paying the debts of ex-President Ben Ali’s cronies

  • Vol 56 No 3
  •  6th February 2015

London's security aid

Designed to coordinate government efforts against Islamist militants, a new Central Strategic Planning Unit in Tunisia's Interior Ministry is receiving training funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Meetings last year between Deputy Inter...

  • Vol 55 No 23
  •  21st November 2014

Slim pickings

Slim Riahi, a 42-year-old Bizerta-born businessman with British and Tunisian citizenship, is pitting himself against political heavyweight Béji Caïd Essebsi of Nidaa Tounus (Tunisian Call) in the first round of the presidential election on 23 ...

  • Vol 55 No 21
  •  24th October 2014

Coalition time

Tunisia elects a new, 217-member Parliament on 26 October and all eyes are on the possible coalitions that will follow. A formal coalition between the front-runners, the Islamist Hizb Ennahda (Renaissance) and secularist Nidaa Tounus (Tunisian Call) is un...

  • Vol 55 No 20
  •  10th October 2014

Critical votes and toxic loans

Ahead of key national elections, concern is mounting about the legacy of bad loans from the time of President Ben Ali

  • Vol 55 No 16
  •  8th August 2014

Heading for the hills

The government is rallying the people behind a major campaign against the jihadists despite weak economic indicators

  • Vol 55 No 11
  •  30th May 2014

Enforcers freed

Most of the senior security officers who served ex-President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali are being freed. Many were sentenced to life imprisonment for their role in killing protestors during the 2011 Jasmine Revolution. Last week, Ali Seriati walked free afte...

  • Vol 55 No 9
  •  1st May 2014

Finance smiles on government

Multilateral lenders and Western governments shower Tunisia with credit in the hope the country does not go the way of neighbouring Libya or Egypt

  • Vol 54 No 5
  •  1st March 2013

Splits prolong crisis

Long before opposition leader Chokri Belaïd was assassinated, the political crisis was in full flow. No end is in sight

  • Vol 54 No 4
  •  15th February 2013

Answers needed

When opposition leader Chokri Belaïd was shot dead by three masked men in a black car on 6 February, the secular opposition, the mainstream Islamist Hizb Ennahda and much of the global commentariat immediately pointed to Tunisia’s Salafist fringe. The ...

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