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Tunisia facing food shortages in basic necessities

Tunisia is facing food shortages and rising prices affecting some basic necessities, such as vegetable oil. As prices continue to rise and inflation rises to 5.5 %, Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed has warned that he will pursue anyone who speculates on these products.

While Tunisia is still waiting for a new Prime Minister, President Kaïs Saïed attempts to address shortages and rising food prices. Among them, vegetable oil used daily by many Tunisians on a daily basis, and which has been the subject of speculation from major distributors.

In a grocery store in central Tunis, Imad is still waiting to be delivered in oil. “It’s been two months since we received subsidized oil,” he says on the microphone of France 24. “We were told that this is an import problem, and even before, we were only delivered in small quantities.”

Instead, Imad offers an unsubsidized oil, available, but three times more expensive. “When I look for oil, they tell me they don’t have it,” laments one customer. “It is only if I am a loyal customer that they sell me. It’s the same with sugar, with tomatoes… Why, why ?”

End corruption

In recent years, prices have steadily increased in Tunisia, and inflation stands at 5.5 %. At issue are large distributors who would store goods to inflate prices. “We have the same problem all the time, the boat arrives at the port and is not unloaded, which creates shortages when there is a lot of demand,” says Ramzi, wholesaler.

The Tunisian president warned that he would pursue anyone who speculates on basic necessities. Between political support and communication coup, since Friday, Souhaeil, restaurateur, displays promotions on his entire card. “The products we buy are expensive, but after the president’s statement, we made a 10% discount,” he says. An action initiated “so that the people live and above all that our customers are happy”, he adds.

On social networks, these initiatives are multiplying, with a hope : to end the corruption that eats away at the country.

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