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Vol 53 No 25

Published 14th December 2012


Wilting jasmine

Two years after Ben Ali’s fall, the lack of social and economic progress is fuelling disenchantment with the government

Many of the post-revolution politicians are gaining a reputation for fiddling while parts of Tunisia burn. Riots in late November and early December in Siliana saw over 250 protestors and 72 police injured. This provided a bitter reminder that the problems that triggered the Jasmine Revolution in January 2011 have not been resolved. The economy is stagnant, with several key sectors contracting, and living conditions for many people are getting worse. Daily demonstrations in Tunis underline the growing discontent with the coalition. Led by the Islamist Hizb Ennahda, it includes the Congrès pour la république (CPR), led by interim President Moncef Marzouki, and Mustapha Ben Jaafar’s Ettakol/Forum démocratique pour le travail et les libertés.

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