First modification: 07/30/2021 – 20:34
Tunisia is once again facing a political upheaval after President Kaïs Said removed the prime minister, suspended the activity of Parliament and dismissed the defense and justice ministers. These movements resent the young Tunisian democracy that is going through a deep economic crisis. In this edition of El Debate we analyze with our guests the political, social and economic situation in Tunisia.
The figures in Tunisia are not very encouraging: unemployment or youth unemployment reaches 40.8% and during 2019 the country lost 8.8% of its GDP. In addition, other factors are added such as citizen discontent that is reflected in the demonstrations and reminds of the social outbreak of 10 years ago, although its causes are different.
The Covid-19 health crisis also plays an important role, with 11.6 million inhabitants, Tunisia registers more than 578,000 infections and more than 19,000 people have died, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.
The political crisis in Tunisia generates nervousness in the region, especially in neighboring countries such as Libya and Egypt, nations that starred in the Arab Spring and remain politically unstable. Neighboring Algeria is watching the Tunisian situation attentively, as there is also high discontent and disapproval of its political class.
In conclusion, there is a special interest in every step taken by Tunisia to maintain its young democracy, guarantee the rights of citizens and avoid falling into a spiral of uncertainty.