Men rest in the shade at Zitouna Mosque during the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Tunis,Tunisia, June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
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Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed was reported Sunday as saying no one in the North African country involved in corruption would emerge unscathed in his government's "war" on graft. Corruption was widespread in Tunisia under longtime president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who was ousted in the 2011 uprising that spawned the Arab Spring, but it remains endemic.The anti-corruption arrests, made possible by a state of emergency in force since November 2015, have been largely welcomed.Analyst Hamza Meddeb of the European University Institute near Florence, speaking before Sunday's interview, said that by making the arrests Chahed's government might well have wanted to ease the pressure caused by the social unrest.
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