Ratings on Tunisia unaffected by election outcome, says S&P
Source: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Tue November 1, 2011 4:16 pm

INTERNATIONAL. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today that the outcome of the election for the constitutional assembly in the Republic of Tunisia has no immediate effect on the sovereign rating on Tunisia, and on the rating on the Central Bank of Tunisia (both BBB-/Negative/A-3).

We note that these elections, which were held on October 23, 2011, with more than 100 political parties, were the first since former president Ben Ali fled the country in January during the Jasmine revolution.

We also note that voter participation was extremely high, at about 90%. We understand that the constitutional assembly will nominate a president, designate an interim government, and draft a new constitution within a year. It is our understanding that elections for the institutions newly created by the constitution would not take place before end-2012.
 
Election results indicate that the Islamist party, Ennhada, garnered 41.5% of votes and 90 seats. The secularist Congress for the Republic won 13.8% of the vote and 30 seats, Ettakatol won 21 seats, the Popular List 19, and the Progressive Democratic Party 17 seats.

The remaining 30 seats went to several smaller parties or independent lists. Ennhada has announced that coalition talks are underway and that it would form a government within 10 days.
 
The composition of the new government is not, in itself, a rating factor for Standard & Poor's. Our focus is on whether the new government will support the economic recovery by taking medium-term policy measures and pursuing structural reforms while maintaining macroeconomic stability.

 

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
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UAE. "A similar drop to 2013 is unlikely. Those who wanted to get out of gold did, and the rest of 2014 will probably be a year of sideways trading."
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