Eiffage to vie for phase 2 of desalination plant
The European Union, which has already forked out €73m for the Doraleh desalination plant, is ready to open the purse strings again.
A delegation of European Parliament members had been due to visit Tunis shortly to meet Kaïs Saïed and Rached Ghannouchi but their trip has been put back indefinitely. This follows the tensions created by Saïed's participation in the EU-AU summit in Brussels on 17 and 18 February.
The departure of Kais Saied's chief of staff is the upshot of a series of political disagreements as well as internal pressure that had been building since December and culminated in a blazing row with Saied last Saturday.
The European Parliament's delegation for relations with North Africa and its human rights subcommittee will convene in late January to discuss the case of Tunisia, and MEPs may subsequently adopt a resolution denouncing the constitutional abuses perpetrated by Kais Saied.
No end to the stormy weather in sight for Foreign Affairs Minister Othman Jerandi. After a stream of diplomatic turmoil and the cancellation of the francophone summit, a new dark cloud looms over lack of results in the matter of the Ben Ali clan's ill-gotten gains.
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.