Tunisia’s President Kais Saied accused 460 businessmen of embezzlement as he launched a crackdown on corruption, days after grabbing energy in what his opponents have dubbed a “coup”.
Mr. Saied, who suspended parliament for 30 days and seized all govt powers on Sunday, slammed the “unhealthy financial selections” made in recent times, throughout a gathering with a frontrunner of the employers’ federation UTICA.
In his feedback late on Wednesday, the president singled out for criticism “those that plunder public cash”.
Mr. Saied accused 460 businessmen of owing 13.5 billion dinars ($4.9 billion) to the state, citing the findings of a fee of inquiry into graft underneath former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
“This cash should be returned to the Tunisian folks,” he stated, including that he intends to supply the businessmen “judicial arbitration”.