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Vol 62 No 16

Published 5th August 2021


Saïed lashes out

Public delight greeted the president's sudden suspension of parliament and dismissal of the premier, but taking the reins himself may spell trouble

President Kaïs Saïed's decision to sack his prime minister, Hichem Mechichi, after the massive anti-government protests on Republic Day (25 July) took few by surprise. They had been at loggerheads for months. The government has failed to deal with relentless inflation and increasing unemployment, and the country boasts the highest per capita death rate from Covid-19 in Africa.

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