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President’s Power Grab Risks Sending Tunisia Down Lebanon’s Path

  • Range of economic indicators show time running out for country
  • Fears of a Lebanon-style default, end of political pluralism
Kais Saied 

Kais Saied 

Photographer: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images
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The power grab by Tunisia’s president pushed the country’s fragile democracy to the brink. Now it’s menacing the economy.

More than three weeks after firing the prime minister and suspending parliament, vowing to save the nation as anti-government protests raged, Kais Saied is yet to unveil a return to elected rule. The lack of progress risks delaying a long-awaited deal with the International Monetary Fund and plans to sell debt overseas in October, raising fears among some analysts of a tumultuous Lebanon-style default.