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‘Economic woes set stage for Tunisian crisis’

‘Economic woes set stage for Tunisian crisis’

JIHED ABIDELLAOUI IN the tourist bazaar in the Old City of Tunis, embroidered scarves, clay pots and ornaments spill out from store fronts into the narrow alleyways. But few people are browsing, reflecting the misfortunes that have afflicted Tunisia's vital tourist industry for years. The inactivity highlights the economic stagnation that has soured many Tunisians on democracy, setting the stage for the country's worst political crisis since a popular uprising toppled veteran autocrat Zine El-Abidine a decade ago. Sitting on a stool surrounded by intricately decorated mirrors, plates and boxes, store-owner Monther charts the start of the economic troubles to…
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