Tunisia president orders army to protect oil-rich areasStaff Writer | May 12, 2017
A Tunisian rights NGO held the presidency responsible for potentially involving the army in social conflict.
Oil exploration President Beji Caid Essebsi
At a Thursday press conference, Abderrahman Hedhili, head of the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights, warned that the president’s actions could lead to “dire consequences”.
Essebsi’s order to the army, Hedhili said, could serve to “fuel preexisting social tensions” in Tunisia.
In response to recent protests in the country’s south, Essebsi had declared that the army was ready "to protect oil-rich parts of the country".
"I know it is a serious decision,” he said. “But it’s one that must be taken.” ■