Tunisia Alert Risk

After a year in which the army clashed with al-Qaeda and the jihadists of the Islamic Maghreb near the Algerian border, on December 11 a soldier was killed, at the beginning of the month small protests held in different places including Le Kram, the province of Tunis and Meknassi, in the province of Sidi Bouzid on December 13, protesters clashed again with the police.

250 activists and intellectuals on Dec. 17 (seventh anniversary of the beginning of the revolution) have found a critical position towards the governing coalition and the local elections to be held in the first quarter of 2018. European Ministries of Finance On December 5 published a list of seventeen tax haven countries, including Tunisia; to remove the country from the current list.

Election Commission December 16, said the local elections will be held on May 6, 2018. However, at the end of the month the pressures of some groups of anarchists and terrorists in the south and the border with Algeria intensified. It is feared that an attempt is being made to destabilize the entire area. From 10 to 13 January, in fact, violent clashes occurred in almost all the cities of Tunisia.

Attempts by the Tunisian government to normalize the situation are not easy to apply due to the rise in retail prices of some essential foodstuffs. Although military efforts in the south of Tunisia and in the desert area of ​​the Libyan, Algerian sahara have brought some significant victories, the pressure of the Qaedist groups and ISIS militias is not a short-term solution. Libya, Tunisia and much of the Algerian Sahara remain  very high-risk territories.