Radès port upgrade to finally go ahead?
The project to extend the port of Radès, with the construction of quays 8 and 9, may finally see the light of day following the parliamentary elections on 17 December.
A new that constitution came into effect after a public vote was just the first step for the Tunisian president. Kais Saied now has to capitalise on this political win while reassuring his international partners such as the IMF.
Discussions remain lively within the powerful union led by Noureddine Taboubi ahead of the constitutional referendum on 25 July. It initially adopted a neutral stance in an attempt to avoid internal rifts, but now criticisms of the text proposed by the president are beginning to emerge.
The powerful UGTT trade union has reaffirmed its role as a key player in Tunisian politics by refusing to participate in the national dialogue as defined by President Kais Saied. Noureddine Taboubi, its secretary-general, is taking part in negotiations with the IMF and at the Carthage Palace with the head of state.
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.