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Tunisia to Compensate Revolution’s Dead, Wounded, Says President

Tunisia to Compensate Revolution’s Dead, Wounded, Says President

Sunday, 10 April, 2022 - 06:00
Tunisia's President Kais Saied gives a speech at the government's swearing-in ceremony at the Carthage Palace outside the capital Tunis, Tunisia February 27, 2020. (Reuters)

Tunisian President Kais Saied announced compensation on Sunday for the families of those killed and wounded in the 2011 revolution that brought democracy to the country, Reuters reported.

Saied last month dissolved parliament, imposing one-man rule after governing by decree since the summer. He has said he was trying to save the north African country from collapse.

The Tunisian dinar has fallen to three-year lows and a delegation is to go to Washington this month to seek a deal with the International Monetary Fund

Saied's decree on Saturday approves compensation for the families of "martyrs" and police and army killed and wounded defending the country from what he called "terrorist attacks" in the years after the revolution that sparked the Arab uprisings around the region.

Dozens of youths were killed and hundreds injured during an uprising against the rule of then-president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

Saied has promised to uphold rights and freedoms won in the revolution, but his critics said his actions, which also include replacing a body that guaranteed judicial independence, show he is determined to cement one-man rule.

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