Tunisia: in the midst of an economic crisis, thousands of people demonstrate in Tunis against President Saied

In Tunisia, a president facing challenge. Thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday October 15 in Tunis, the capital, to denounce the policies of Kais Saeid, whom they accuse of being responsible for the serious economic crisis in the country.

Led by the National Salvation Front, a coalition of opposition parties that includes the Islamist-inspired formation Ennahdha, the demonstrators crossed the main streets of the Tunisian capital, calling for the departure of the president. “Go away, go away”, “Revolt Against Kais the Dictator”, “the people want to sack the president”chanted the protesters.

Recurrent shortages for basic products

Tunisia, strangled by a debt exceeding 100% of its GDP and unable to borrow on the international markets, is in negotiation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a loan of around two billion dollars. This financial crisis has resulted in recent months in recurrent shortages of basic products (flour, sugar, coffee, etc.) in a context of galloping inflation (nearly 9% in August over one year).

Demonstrators in the streets of Tunis (Tunisia), October 15, 2022. (YASSINE GAIDI / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)

Demonstrators in the streets of Tunis (Tunisia), October 15, 2022. (YASSINE GAIDI / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)

The difficulties of Tunisia, in economic decline for ten years, have been amplified by the Covid-19 crisis and the war in Ukraine which increases the import of cereals and hydrocarbons on which it is very dependent. The country has also been mired in a serious political crisis since the coup by President Saied who seized full power in July 2021.

Another demonstration in Tunis

“This demonstration reflects anger at the situation in Tunisia under Kais Saied and calls for his departure”former Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh, vice-president of Ennahdha, told AFP. “If the current political power persists, there is no future for Tunisia. Poverty, unemployment and despair are on the rise”he added.

At the same time, another demonstration against the deterioration of living conditions also took place on Saturday in Tunis, organized by the Free Destourian Party (PDL), an anti-Islamist opposition formation.

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