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Approval of administrative reconciliation law likely to face strong public opposition and trigger further protests in Tunisia

20 September 2017


Tunisia’s parliament approved the Administrative Reconciliation Law on 13 September 2017, a controversial law that exempts from punishment public officials involved in corruption probes who served in the government before the 2011 revolution.

The bill was first proposed by President Beji Caid Essebsi in 2015, who claimed it was a necessary step to increase national unity and improve the investment environment. Following pressure from civil society groups, the government agreed to extend the law only to administrative officers and those who did not benefit financially from irregularities personally. However, several grassroots youth opposition groups view the law as an attempt to reverse the political gains of the revolution.

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