NARCO ANALYSIS: Tunisia Still Stuck

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Geoff D. Porter

Almost 60 days after Tunisian President Kais Saied suspended parliament for 30 days, the president announced new “exceptional” measures that extend and strengthen his grip on power. Apart from consolidating power, however, President Saied has not articulated any plans for key reforms ranging from the constitution to the judiciary and economy. The lack of direction leaves the country vulnerable to key risks and these risks are even more acute in peripheral areas far from wealthier littoral communities. Eventually, Saied’s moves are going to boomerang on him, and the country is going to be worse off for it.

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