Hundreds of Tunisians took to the streets across the country on Thursday demanding jobs amid worsening economic conditions due to the virus-induced lockdown measures. Tunisia’s successive governments following the 2011 uprising have failed to solve the high inflation and rising unemployment rates, currently standing at 15.3%. The protests are the first since Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh’s government was sworn in February, ending months of political paralysis.
Tunisia’s parliament today granted a vote of confidence for a new coalition government headed by Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh, ending months of political paralysis. President Kais Saied had threatened to dissolve parliament and call for early elections if Fakhfakh’s proposed Cabinet lineup failed to win a confidence vote. Parliament's largest party, the moderate Islamist Ennahda, ended up voting in favor of the government despite its earlier opposition after being handed six portfolios. Read More