Tunisia will not honor its obligations to the IMF

On Sunday 13 November, the President of the Republic will plant an olive tree in Boukornine on the occasion of the Tree Festival. He takes the opportunity to deliver his usual monologues in front of the camera. In an eight-minute video released by the presidency, he accuses secret parties of burning Boukornine this summer. “ They will burn with the same fire they startedsays the president. They want to destroy the state, but the state is strong, they burn and we crash. They speak of dictatorship, while those who call for assassinations are free to move as they please in Tunisia and abroad. Along with the president, the governor argues for Ben Arous, frozen like a gorilla (see the video, I’m not exaggerating): ” Never in the history of Tunisia has the state been so strong “.

The president and his protege live in denial, in a bubble. A bubble from which they can’t see dozens of shortages of daily consumer goods, the trade deficit, the difficulty for the government to borrow to finance its budget, inflation at 9.2% (the real one would be more important), plummeting dinars, the weak growth , the galloping unemployment and the growing poverty rate.

What is this strong state that does not meet the needs of the people? What is this strong state that releases those who burn the forests and call for assassinations?

The truth is that forest fires are common in dry summer seasons all over the world and calls for murder are outright lies told to soften three million gullible Tunisians.

On Friday 11 November, the President of the Republic receives Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner for Justice. The head of state indicated to his guest that many concepts in Western political thought required a critical re-reading, evoking several lessons that are currently being discussed in the West.

The president believes that new approaches are needed to manage the world, politics and economy. He said it to Mr Reynders, he said it a few weeks ago in front of foreign heads of state at the Ticad summit, he said it dozens of times in the monologues in front of his ministers, and he will no doubt say it at the end of the week during the summit of La Francophonie.

It is obvious, Kaïs Saïed is convinced that the whole planet, especially the Western countries, have bad approaches and adopt bad policies and that it is time to change them so that the people live better.

It is somewhat the same speech (at least in principle) Kim Jong-un, the president of North Korea, Miguel Díaz-Canel, the president of Cuba, Nicolás Maduro, the president of Venezuela or Daniel Ortega, the president of Nicaragua. It was also largely the speeches of the late Muammar Geddafi, Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro.

All of these presidents consider themselves superior to the West, all believe that the West is wrong, and all believe that the West should change its approach and policies.

The question arises, are the countries of these different presidents better than those of the West? Nix!

Our country, led by Saïed’s new approaches for three years, is it better than France, Italy or Belgium? Nix!

Dear Presidents, your countries serve as laboratories for your own approaches. If these are better than those of the West, we will see the fruit of these approaches, first and foremost in your own countries.

In the meantime, and in the absence of being able to prove by reason that your approaches are better than those advocated by the West, we retain our old approaches to market economy, democracy, rights, freedoms and the independence of justice.

On Thursday 10 November, Kaïs Saïed receives his Minister of the Interior, to whom he says it is imperative to fight against speculation and the unacceptably high prices. How high prices worry the Minister of the Interior? This must be Saïed’s new approach to governance. Let’s move on.

The truth is that high prices are closely linked to the numerous increases in fuel prices (their effect goes across all products) and to wholesalers’ and middlemen’s fear of being accused of speculation.

Kaïs Saïed does not realize that he has disrupted the entire distribution circuit, causing shortages and inflation. He is not aware that the government is trying to follow an austerity policy, which also creates shortages and inflation.

On Wednesday 9 November, Kaïs Saïed will receive his head of government. He tells him (again) that new approaches must be adopted to achieve balanced budgets and that it is out of the question for the state to abandon its social role and privatize its public enterprises, as some claim.

Thank you for this explanation Kaïs Saïed, because we have been sailing drunk for months.

What poison are we talking about? This issue of privatizations.

Who spread the intoxication? Certainly these journalists who were received by members of the government a few weeks ago and to whom the reform plan sent to the IMF was explained. But it’s not just them.

There is also Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the IMF, who is spreading the buzz. In an interview with Sky News in October, she said that the agreements with Tunisia stipulate, among other things, that the Tunisian government undertakes to reduce state participation in the economy and encourage private sector investment, and that Tunisia will move towards privatization of certain public companies.

So there are comments from journalists and the Managing Director of the IMF on the one hand and from the President of the Republic on the other. They are clearly diametrically opposed.

The first speaks of privatization, the second categorically rejects the approach.

The former have the government as their interlocutor. The other is the superior of this government and the one who must ultimately validate any agreement with the IMF.

The government adopts the same approaches for all countries in debt and crisis, the president keeps repeating that new approaches are needed.

So who are we to believe? The words of the government and the IMF or the words of the president?

Concretely, the government has fallen by parachute and has no political or popular base. He has not been knighted by a parliament, and he is at the mercy of a mood swing from the president.

The President of the Republic is elected by general election, he remains at the top of the opinion polls and his draft constitution was adopted three months ago by 94.6% of voters.

The government can commit to whatever it wants, it is the president of the republic who decides in the end.

But the President’s only motto is “ new approaches “. He openly criticizes Western politics. He did it at Ticad and repeated this week in front of Didier Reynders.

Unless the President denies his own remarks, repeated many times, we do not see how the government will be able to honor its commitments to the IMF.

This is nothing new, Tunisia’s last commitments to this same IMF have been denied by previous governments.

If Tunisia has not honored its past commitments when it had legitimate governments and was developing into a democracy, why should it honor its present commitments when it has a parachute government and is developing into a neo- Bolivarian dictatorship?

As a reminder, the Bolivarian Revolution, as defined by Wikipedia, is a mass movement initiated by Hugo Chávez after he came to power in Venezuela, to create a ” participatory people’s democracy “, an economic independence of Venezuela, a fair distribution of income and an end to corruption in the country.

Hugo Chávez sent the West on a tour believing himself to be the messenger of a divine mission to serve all humanity.

Kaïs Saïed is on this megalomaniac path and he said that he is the possessor of approaches capable of saving all of humanity.

The IMF can go get dressed. In Tunisia, it is the president who decides and not the government. Long live the revolution.

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