By Houda Mzioudet,
Tunis, 3 March 2015:
The Tunisian authorities on the Libyan border are no longer enforcing the unpopular TD30 dinar exit . . .[restrict]tax on Libyan citizens.
Even though the Tunisian parliament has yet to ratify the lifting of the ban by prime minister Mehdi Jomaa, it is understood that, as of today, the tax is no longer being demanded. It appears however that the LD30 tax Libyans have imposed on Tunisians coming into Libya is still in place.
This tit for tax exchange has caused considerable ill-feeling on both sides of the frontier. Tunisian demonstrators in Dhehiba and Ben Guerdane effectively blocked the road to Ras Jedir for four days until a visit by the prime minister persuaded them to suspend the protest last week.
The government in Tunis had originally promised early last month to act on the tax, after one Tunisian demonstrator was killed in protests. At the time it was said that the exemption would apply not simply to Libyans but to all Magreb citizens. It is not clear if the current waiving of the payment applies only to Libyans,