In an attempt to break a seemingly intractable economic deadlock amid mounting international criticism, the Tunisian president has sent his former prime minister Youssef Chahed to Washington to try and reassure his US backers. Meanwhile, a handful of Tunisian opposition organisations are in search of US support of their own to denounce what they believe was a coup d'état.
The head of the Tunisian government and her foreign minister have been in Paris since 10 November but without the usual cohort of diplomatic advisers. And with good reason: Najla Bouden, who does not have the prerogatives of previous Tunisian prime ministers, is still without a personal team.
Kaïs #Saied will attend Middle East Green Initiative Summit on 25 October, an environmental conference organised by Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman.The Tunisian president hopes to secure substantial budgetary support from #SaudiArabia and #UAE.
While the head of state may have effectively placed himself at the centre of power on 25 July when he rejected the parliamentary system born from the 2011 revolution, his entourage of advisers and friends at Carthage Palace has since become a hotbed of clan rivalries.
Having failed to present a structural reform plan to the International Monetary Fund, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi is unlikely to get any new budgetary aid in the short term. Parliamentary speaker Rached Ghannouchi, meanwhile, has been unable to obtain support from his allies in Qatar.