TUNIS – Tunisia's president is proposing that hundreds of tycoons suspected of embezzlement scope a woody with the authorities to concern nationalist hospitals, schools and improvement projects successful mediocre regions to debar convictions.
President Kais Saied seized caller governmental powers this week and is trying to tackle the corruption and taxation evasion that person agelong plagued the economy, notably successful the lucrative phosphate assemblage and nutrient trading.
Saied is besides seeking to antagonistic accusations that his astonishment determination to occurrence the premier curate and suspend parliament amounts to a coup. He insisted Wednesday connected the “provisional” quality of the determination and connected his attachment to the freedoms and rights guaranteed successful the Tunisian Constitution, created aft protesters overthrew a dictator successful 2011. The state is considered the lone antiauthoritarian occurrence communicative resulting from the Arab Spring uprisings that year.
Saied met Wednesday nighttime with the caput of the Tunisian employers organization, Samir Majoul, and projected an antithetic woody to immoderate 460 starring concern figures suspected of embezzling billions of dollars successful the years starring up to Tunisia's 2011 revolution.
To debar ineligible action, Saied suggested reaching a colony with the magnates nether which they would concern improvement projects successful mediocre regions, to “return the wealth looted from the Tunisian people."
The projects could see operation of hospitals, schools and nationalist roads, and the businessmen would beryllium liable for ensuring their attraction for 10 years, Saied said.
The businessmen's names look successful a voluminous study established by an investigative committee successful the aftermath of the gyration which overthrew autocratic person Zine El Abidine Ben Ali successful 2011. They are suspected of embezzling astir 13.5 cardinal dinars (nearly $5 billion) from authorities coffers.
Saied called retired corruption successful the phosphate sector, whose accumulation has fallen importantly successful caller years.
Phosphate producers “charge 25 dinars per ton for (truck) transport, whereas by train, it does not transcend 7 dinars. They wage radical to artifact the bid and enactment obstacles connected the tracks. It is not mean that Tunisia, which was the second-largest exporter of phosphate successful the world, becomes an importer," Saied said.
He besides urged the president of the employers’ enactment to enactment with wholesale and retail traders to little nutrient prices by avoiding monopolization and speculation.
Corruption was a large operator of Tunisia's 2010-2011 revolution, and galore Tunisians are frustrated that a decennary of ideology has failed to hitch it out.
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