Public disgust over corruption threatens stability in Middle East and North Africa

Pamela Abbott, G Andrea Teti, Roger Sapsford

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During the Tunisian revolution of 2010-11, which sparked the Arab uprisings, protesters would chant “A job is a right, you pack of thieves!”. In Ben Ali’s Tunisia, supposedly a “democratising” country that regularly received Western praise for its economic “reforms”, people felt increasingly marginalised both economically and politically.

Tunisians have been out on the streets again recently, demonstrating against government policies and especially against corruption and unemployment. There have also been protests against corruption in Morocco. It is all very reminiscent of what happened seven years ago, where ending corruption was one of the principal demands of protesters alongside social justice and political freedom.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2017


  • Bribery
  • Middle East
  • Arab Spring
  • IMF
  • Libya
  • Egypt
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Corruption
  • Iraq
  • World Bank
  • Transparency International
  • Jordan
  • Anti-corruption
  • Arab uprisings


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