Chronology: Tunisia

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See also Libya

Apr. 20: US treasury secretary Timothy Geithner signed a declaration-of-intent with Tunisian finance minister Houcine Dimassi to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in loan guarantees to Tunisia. The US Congress appropriated $30 million in addition to a $100 million cash transfer between the US and Tunisia. The loans were expected to be available for Tunisia by the end of June. [Reuters, 4/20]

May 22: Tunisia's justice minister reported that Baghdadi Mahmudi, the last prime minister under Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's regime, would be extradited to Libya for trial within "days or weeks." Various Tunisian and international human rights groups opposed Mahmudi's extradition, citing the possibility of a skewed trial due to Libya's current instability. The decision to extradite was made during a meeting between Tunisian and Libyan prime ministers, which also resulted in Libya pledging $100 million to Tunisia and another $100 million as an interest-free loan. [AJE, 5/22]

May 26: Salafis threw firebombs and stones at a police station and alcohol stores in the northern Tunisian town of Jendouba in protest of the arrest of a SalafiIslamist on May 25. The violence came one week after Salafis stormed through the town of Sidi Bouzid, the epicenter of the Tunisian revolution, and attacked bars and alcohol stores. …