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Across North Africa and the Middle East, 2018 looks to be a year of civil unrest

A number of "MENA" states face the prospect of further upheaval as economic conditions worsen

By Claire Spencer  

Tunisians chant slogans during a demonstartion held in the capital Tunis. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Civic protests look set to become the theme of this year in a number of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) states.

The year began with the Iranian protests in full swing. Then, for the first two weeks of January, thousands of people took part in sporadic protests across a number of Tunisian towns and cities against the apparent indifference of the government towards the impact of austerity. Its citizens have borne the brunt of IMF-backed economic reforms as the…

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