Tunisians Protest Against Poverty, High Prices, Food Shortages

Hundreds of Tunisians protested against poverty, high prices and the shortage of foodstuff, escalating pressure on the government, as the country suffers an economic and political crisis.

Tunisia is struggling to revive its public finances as discontent grows over inflation running at nearly nine per cent and a shortage of many food items in stores because the country cannot afford to pay for some imports.

Local media reports that North African nation is also in the midst of a severe political crisis since Tunisian President seized control of the executive power last year and dissolved parliament in a move his opponents called a coup.

Food shortages are worsening in Tunisia with empty shelves in supermarkets and bakeries.

Tunisia, which is suffering its worst financial crisis, is seeking to secure an International Monetary Fund, IMF loan to save public finances from collapse.

The government raised fuel prices for the fourth time this year as part of a plan to reduce energy subsidies, a policy change sought by the IMF.