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Tunisian energy governance disrupted by political tensions

State oil company Entreprise Tunisienne des Activités Pétrolières (Etap) is still without a chairman, following Prime Minister Youssef Chahed’s dismissal of Moncef Mattoussi on 31 August. Energy minister Khaled Gaddour, director-general of hydrocarbons at the ministry Hédi Hrichi and the officials responsible for mining and legal affairs were also dismissed. The decree removing them returned responsibility for the sector – including hydrocarbons, electric power and renewables – to the Ministry of Industry and Small Business, where it used to sit before a stand-alone energy ministry was created in 2016.

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