Tunisia.. The Prime Minister visits Algeria and the unemployed continue to protest
Tunisian Prime Minister Najla Boden said that her visit to Algeria comes to strengthen relations between the two countries in the hope of transferring them to the level of integrated strategic relations, while unemployed university graduates staged protests in a number of states.
Boden discussed with Algerian officials files of economic cooperation and preparation for the meeting of the Tunisian-Algerian Joint High Committee, in addition to joint bilateral issues.
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune met the Tunisian Prime Minister at the presidential palace, on the occasion of her visit to Algeria.
This comes as unemployed university graduates in Tunisia staged vigils in front of the headquarters of the governorates of Beja, Siliana, Sidi Bouzid, Gafsa, Sousse, Kasserine and Sfax.
The protesters denounced President Qais Saeed’s refusal to activate Law 38 on the employment of the unemployed with university degrees, and a number of protesters continue their hunger strike in protest against the failure to activate the law, which President Saeed considered unenforceable, describing those who approved it as sellers of delusions.
In other developments, the military court in Tunisia decided – yesterday, Thursday – to release a program presenter who had been detained for nearly two months after his strong criticism of President Said, according to what his lawyer told AFP.
“The military court decided to keep Amer Ayyad in a state of release,” said lawyer Samir Benomar, and he remains pending an investigation into the case for which the court set a session next January.
Early last month, Tunisian security forces arrested Amer Ayyad, the presenter of the private Al-Zaytouna TV channel, and the suspended member of Parliament. Abdul Latif Al Alawi who was released a few days later.
Lawyer Ben Omar at the time attributed the reason for the arrest to “expressing some opinions during this programme,” noting that “the arrest process came at the request of the military judiciary, and the accusation was conspiracy intended to change the state authority.”
Procedures and concerns
On July 25, President Qais Saied decided to freeze parliament, dismiss the Prime Minister, Hisham al-Mashishi, take over the powers in the country, and lift the immunity of all parliamentarians, and some of them were prosecuted.
Said commissioned – at the end of last September – a university professor specializing in geology, who is not known in political circles, Najla Boden, to form a new government.
In a related context, the judicial authorities in Tunisia said that they had arrested the governors of two states on suspicion of financial corruption, a few hours after President Kais Saied dismissed them in the latest move against corruption.
A spokesperson for the Sidi Bouzid court said that the public prosecutor had ordered the arrest of the governors of the provinces of Sidi Bouzid and Kebili; On suspicion of “financial corruption and public officials’ abuse of official authority.”
The Presidency of the Republic said earlier yesterday that it was decided to end the assignment of the governors, without giving any details. Conservative lawyers could not be reached for comment.
After suspending parliament and taking nearly all power in the country, Saied pledged to eradicate systemic corruption that he says is hampering economic reform.
Last month, the former Minister of Agriculture and 7 other former officials were arrested; on suspicion of corruption.