Tunisia: Despite historic low turnout, election likely to enable Saied to get IMF loan

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Tunisia: Despite historic low turnout, election likely to enable Saied to get IMF loan
Loan requires painful economic reforms
By DEBBIE MOHNBLATT/THE MEDIA LINE
Published: DECEMBER 19, 2022

Tunisia’s opposition alliance called for the country’s President Kais Saied to “immediately” resign a day after legislative elections were held on Saturday. The elections were boycotted by most of the opposition parties, resulting in the lowest turnout in the country’s history with just 8.8% of the country’s 9.2 million eligible voters participating.

All 161 seats in Tunisia’s unicameral parliament, the Assembly of the Representatives of the People, were up for election. The results will not be announced until January 19, but given the opposition parties’ boycott, a victory for Saied’s supporters is inevitable. This victory will empower the president to pass the economic legislation needed to comply with controversial requirements set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a condition for granting Tunisia a vital loan.

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