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Tunisia’s President Saied launches graft crackdown

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied accused 460 businessmen of embezzlement as he launched a crackdown on corruption, days after grabbing power in what his opponents have dubbed a “coup”.

Mr. Saied, who suspended parliament for 30 days and seized all executive powers on Sunday, slammed the “bad economic choices” made in recent years, during a meeting with a leader of the employers’ federation UTICA.

In his comments late on Wednesday, the president singled out for criticism “those who plunder public money”.

Mr. Saied accused 460 businessmen of owing 13.5 billion dinars ($4.9 billion) to the state, citing the findings of a commission of inquiry into graft under former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

“This money must be returned to the Tunisian people,” he said, adding that he intends to offer the businessmen “judicial arbitration”.


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