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Amid Twin Political and Economic Crises, Tunisia Turns on West and Announces Intent to Join BRICS

Tunisian demonstrators attend a rally against President Kais Saied, called for by the opposition "National Salvation Front" coalition, in the capital Tunis, on April 9, 2023. FETHI BELAID / AFP

The Tunisian government angrily pushed back against both the International Monetary Fund and the European Union over how to resolve the North African country’s twin economic and political crises.

President Kais Saied bluntly told the IMF on Friday that he would not comply with the fund’s “diktats” that called on the government to cut subsidies and implement other economic reforms he said would prompt widespread social unrest.

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