Tunisia is back on a knife edge – here’s why

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Abstract

While celebrating the seventh anniversary of the ousting of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisians have been demonstrating against their government. Thousands have been taking to the streets in Tunis and throughout the country, in some cases leading to arrests and running battles with the police.

The focus of the protests has been the government’s austerity budget, which includes hikes to the prices of basic goods and services. This, the protesters argue, will make life even more difficult for ordinary Tunisians who are already struggling to get by.

It is the latest of numerous demonstrations against the government and its economic policies, which have been increasing since 2015. So what is going on, and where should the country go from here?
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • IMF
  • Arab Spring
  • Tunisia
  • Corruption
  • North Africa
  • Global perspectives
  • Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali
  • Ben Ali
  • Jasmine Revolution

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