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Tunisian leader holds firm and takes aim at opponents

Friday, March 10, 2023


The arrests have taken place since the January 29 parliamentary run-off. They are surrounded by a highly conspiratorial narrative: Saied has accused those detained of terrorism, plotting against the state and causing recent food shortages.


  • Deteriorating economic conditions will increase outward migration, especially among Tunisia’s young and educated.
  • Tunisia will struggle to attract foreign investment and will likely see the departure of some multinational companies.
  • Tunisia will face growing isolation within the African Union.
  • Saied will support Arab normalisation of relations with Syria.

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