5 Tunisian opposition parties form bloc to thwart reconciliation bill

Five Tunisian political parties have formed a bloc to thwart a bill that would grant amnesty to businessmen accused of corruption during the rule of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

The bill would protect from prosecution those accused of corruption and, in exchange, they would be required to return the money they extracted.

The blocs include the Republican Party, the People’s Movement, the Democratic Movement and the Popular Front.

Meanwhile, activists have organised a campaign on social media against the bill. The activists reject the draft law referring to it as “unconstitutional”.

The bill was proposed by President Beji Caid Essebsi in 2015.

Middle East Monitor

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