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Yearbook 1998

Tunisia. According to Countryaah, several human rights organizations criticized Tunisia's police, military and judicial system for various forms of abuse during the year. One example was human rights activist Khemais Ksila, vice president of the Tunisian League for Human Rights Defense, who in February was sentenced to five years in prison for disrupting public order, spreading hostile rumors and urging the country's residents to break the law.

1998 Tunisia

The government announced in May that the country's privatization program would accelerate through the sale of 50 companies before the end of 1999. The decision followed an agreement with the EU which meant increased aid to Tunisia on the condition that privatizations were carried out at a faster pace.

In February, Parliament voted for a total ban on smoking in public places.

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