Tunisia’s political class is ‘disconnected from reality’
23 January 2021 | 10:31 am
Papers in Tunisia are struggling to make sense of the protests that have flared up just after the country marked the 10-year anniversary of its revolution. Papers agree that the country's politicians are to blame for focusing on political infighting rather than the concerns of the country. We also look at alarm over ongoing violence in Ethiopia's Tigray region and a #MeToo moment over incest in France. Plus, the inauguration may be tomorrow but Joe Biden's dogs have already been sworn-in in an online "indoguration" ceremony.
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