Francesca Ebel is a writer and multimedia journalist currently based in Tunis, Tunisia. Prior to this, she worked as a journalist for the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Her work has appeared in Middle East Eye, Politico Europe Magazine and the LA Review of Books, among other publications.
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As the summer draws to a close and with urgent economic deadlines on the horizon, how long will mass support for the president continue? What are the political implications of Saied’s latest decree? And does that decree signal a return to despotism or is Tunisia’s democratic transition on pause?
Is it possible for several conflicting truths to exist at once? Can a measure be taken in the name of the people but be fundamentally undemocratic? Can citizens be so fed up with Tunisia’s political elites and the country’s deteriorating state as to want an action as extreme as this one but also to be wary of a return to a dictatorship?
Ten years on, many members of the Ben Ali-Trabelsi clan remain in exile, scattered across the world. But the question that has dogged Tunisians for a decade remains — what happened to the money? Where is it hidden, and will Tunisians ever be able to recover what was stolen from them?