The Tunisians again shunned the ballot boxes. Very few of them moved on Sunday, January 29, for the second round of the legislative elections, inflicting a new disavowal on President Kais Saied. The president of the Isie electoral authority, Farouk Bouasker, announced a provisional participation rate of 11.3% in the second round of legislative elections.
Participation was the main issue in the ballot after an abstention of almost 90% in the first round, a record since the advent of democracy in the cradle country of the Arab Spring twelve years ago. The election of 131 deputies (out of 161 seats, 30 of which have already been filled) represents the final stage of the process launched 18 months ago by Kais Saied to return to a hyper-presidentialist system, similar to that before the 2011 revolution. and the fall of dictator Ben Ali.
Shortages of foodstuffs such as milk, sugar or oil
The attention of the 12 million Tunisians is elsewhere. They have seen their purchasing power plummet with inflation above 10% and endure shortages of subsidized foodstuffs such as milk, sugar or oil.
For economists, they come from supply disruptions because the state lacks cash to pay for these centralized purchases. Growth is sluggish (less than 3%), unemployment high (more than 15%), poverty is increasing and more than 32,000 Tunisians emigrated illegally last year.