Tunisia's President accused of intimidation and repression

Tunisia's President accused of intimidation and repression

Tunisia's powerful UGTT trade union has accused President Kais Saied of targeting it as a distraction from record low election turnout and what has been called a "total failure" of his economic policies.

UGTT chief, Noureddine Taboubi held a meeting in Gammarth to discuss the arrest of the union's senior official, Anis Kaabi earlier in the week.

The country faces high inflation and a shortage of basic goods.

Tunisia held elections last weekend for a parliament stripped of its powers by Saied. 

It was boycotted by almost ninety percent of voters after critics accused him of trying to silence his political opponents.

Mr Taboubi added that the UGTT a target because the authorities want to pass the painful reforms they are always discussing. 

Critics of the government saw the eleven-point-four percent turnout as a rejection of Saied's post-revolution political system which gave him new powers and made him virtually unimpeachable.

Source: Africa News

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