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Tunisia

Tunisia

Population: 11.0 mn.
GDP: $49.1 bn.
Debt: $25.8 bn.
Overview:

88-year-old Béji Caïd Essebsi and his Nidaa Tounes party now lead a coalition in which Islamist Ennahda has agreed to play a minor role. Policy initiatives may move ahead but regional and social divisions remain. More than 1.5 million Libyan refugees are a burden on the country and security threats persist.

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Complicated confiscation

Some of the assets of people most involved in Ben Ali’s business-based patronage are proving hard to reach

New Finance Minister, Slim Chaker, has been warned against confiscating assets from members of the inner circle of ex-President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali's regime, Africa Confidentia...


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


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 Briti...


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 To...


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 H...


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

Dealing with bad debts from the Zine el Abidine Ben Ali era which threaten the banking system has proved so problematic that the government has been contradicting itself. On the mo...


Heading for the hills

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

Tunisian security forces are beefing up their campaign against Islamist militants in the Mont Chaambi mountains along the Algerian border with a major purchase of helicopters from ...


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 ...


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

The World Bank became the latest lender to signal its support for the interim government in Tunis when it lent it US$100 million last week to help banks to lend to small businesses...


Splits prolong crisis

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

An already serious political crisis was exacerbated when gunmen killed Chokri Belaïd on 6 February and Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, from the ruling Hizb Ennahda (Renaissance Party...


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