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Vol 63 No 7

Published 31st March 2022


Washington toughens stance on aid amid galloping fuel and food prices

The US Congress wants conditions on aid to President Saïed's autocratic regime as it tries to negotiate an IMF bail-out

Prompted by rights activists, business interests and opposition politicians in Tunisia, the United States's Congress is linking official aid budgets to a reversing of President Kaïs Saïed's crackdown on democratic freedoms. Some way behind the US, European Union states are stepping up critiques of Saïed's rule but are yet to call for conditionality on aid disbursements.

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