TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian President Kais Saied on Tuesday sacked Economy Minister Samir Saied after fresh statements that a handle the World Monetary Fund (IMF) can be crucial for acquiring other international financing.
The president strongly opposes what he described as the dictates of the IMF, announcing that the IMF is ”no longer sacred” and its stipulations will lead to protests.
The minister told TAP recount files agency on Tuesday that “lenders are questioning about Tunisia’s talks with the IMF.” adding that “any deal would give a stable imprint to the relaxation of the financiers.”
Tunisia final year reached a group of workers-level handle the IMF for a $1.9 billion mortgage, nevertheless it has already overlooked key commitments and donors beget the recount’s funds are increasingly more diverging from the figures the deal modified into in accordance with.
The president criticized old statements by the minister, announcing that the government modified into charged with imposing the president’s policy.
The president assigned Finance Minister Sihem Boughdiri to snappy hunch the economy ministry.
Tunisia expects its economy to develop by 2.1% in 2024, up from 0.9% in 2023, and plans almost the identical subsidies for gasoline, electricity and meals while raising taxes for banks, motels and liquor companies, a invoice on its budget showed on Tuesday.
The invoice incorporated no reference to an agreement with IMF.