North Africa’s dream deferred

(The Africa Report/Jeune Afrique) --
By Sophie Anmuth in Cairo, Med Dhia Hammami and Nizar Manek in Tunis, and Nicholas Norbrook | June edition 2015
How to deal with fat cats - not fatwas - is the real problem facing North African leaders after the revolutions failed to fix old economic problems. The clock is ticking for governments to deliver justice and jobs.
It is early May, and southern Tunisia is restless. Students are on hunger strike in Gabès and Jbeniana. Angry and unemployed youth in Métlaoui have shut down a major phosphate plant. Four years after the revolution, frustrations are rising.
Alongside his counterpart in Egypt, former general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Tunisia’s President Béji Caïd Essebsi has to square a circle: the economy desperately needs big business to set up investment - even if some of those businesses are run by the same people who got those countries into their current impasse.
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