Tunis goes quiet as IMF aims to resume talks
The Bretton Woods lender hopes to begin talks over a new loan next month, but the Tunisian government has held no preparatory meetings and continues to take on new debt from commercial banks.
Tunisia, which has been given an official warning by the IMF and had its credit status downgraded by the ratings agencies, is struggling to cope with an external debt which currently stands at close to 100% of its GDP and is weighing heavily on its finances.
The former member of Ennahda's political bureau, Abdallah Khalfaoui, is emerging still further from the shadow of the party leader, Rached Ghannouchi, and is now competing with him on the terrain of relations with Turkey, a longstanding ally of the Islamist party.
For his first meeting as chairman of the Tunisian-German friendship group, Ennahda MP Moussa Ben Ahmed appeared with party leader and Assembly speaker Rached Ghannouchi. Ben Ahmed represents German and Turkish military equipment suppliers to the Tunisian army and police.
With the legal deadlines to recover the hundreds of millions of euros misappropriated by the clan of the ex-president about to expire, President Kais Saied is being hindered by government departments and the speaker of parliament, the Islamist Rached Ghannouchi.
The five-star hotel owned by the businessman Marouane Mabrouk has been chosen as the venue for the latest round of Libyan negotiations, which will once again be overseen by the American diplomat Stephanie Williams.
Stéphane Richard and Xavier Niel, the heads of the two leading French telecommunications operators, made absolutely no progress in their Tunisian affairs by attending a dinner in Kaïs Saied's honour hosted by President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace on 22 June.