More than a year after taking office, the Tunisian president decided Kais Saied The dismissal of the Minister of Trade and Export Development, Fadila Rabhi.
While a brief statement issued by the Tunisian presidency, on Friday evening, following a meeting between President Kais Saied and Prime Minister Naglaa Boudin, did not mention the reasons for the dismissal, experts believed that the fluctuation in supplying the market with some basic materials in the recent period was behind it.
Tunisia witnessed an acute shortage of basic foodstuffs, which disrupted the work of factories, and the absence of products from store shelves such as sugar, coffee, milk, and subsidized cooking oil. It also witnessed a fuel crisis.
Economists also suggested that the financial difficulties experienced by the state are the main cause of the crisis, in addition to the state of turmoil in the supply process in the local markets due to its inability to pay bills to external suppliers.
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However, President Qais Saeed referred more than once to the existence of monopoly operations on foodstuffs by speculators, and called on the Minister of Trade to confront this.
The rate of inflation is high
It is noteworthy that the dismissed Minister of Commerce had pledged on more than one occasion to overcome the shortage, but the crisis continues to this day, with the continued loss of basic materials, including milk, coffee and vegetable cooking oil.
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In addition to the loss of some basic materials, Tunisians are facing a sharp rise in prices, amid fears of a worse deterioration in the country’s financial and economic conditions during this year.
According to the Governmental Institute of Statistics, the inflation rate in Tunisia rose during the month of December to double digits, recording 10.1%, which is the highest rate recorded in the country in nearly 40 years, and food prices increased by 14.6%.
To counter this financial slide, Tunisia is seeking a $1.9 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund in return for reforms unpopular with social unions, including spending cuts, a wage freeze, and cuts to energy and food subsidies.