Tunisia bound to face more unrest, warns paper

WAM ABU DHABI: Tunisia is bound to face more unrest unless the leaders are able to improve the material prospects of the restless Tunisians as the county's people, and even the neighbouring Egyptians, care about at the moment are better economic prospects, a local paper warned Friday.

For this, they (the Tunisians) are willing to throng the streets for as long as it takes, according to the Khaleej Times' editorial comment on the current situation in the North African country which recently saw the gunning down of secular opposition figure Chokri Belaid.

It is unlikely that the leaders will successfully placate Tunisia's disillusioned masses by fresh elections and vehement denials of any involvement in Belaid's assassination, according to the Dubai-based paper.

While the stalemate between the opposition and the Islamist-led government has sharply deteriorated Egypt's security, the birthplace of the Arab Spring has also plunged into chaos, it said.

Tunisia's prime minister Hamdi Jebali of Ennahda party the Islamist party leading the three-party ruling coalition has dissolved the government after vociferous protests broke out on Wednesday following the assassination of Belaid.

Rampant unemployment the reason why Mohamed Bouazizi immolated himself in 2011 after the police confiscated his unlicensed fruit cart continues to persist in Tunisia. Two years after the revolution, economic prospects of the 11 million-strong country remain dismal, the paper noted.

Frustrated and angry at their destitution, Tunisians have shown an impatience with the political squabbling in the democratic government. In December, when president Moncef Marzouki visited Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of the Tunisian revolution, he was bombarded with tomatoes by angry protestors, who called for his ouster.



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