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Nobel winner: Peace in Libya will solve 80% of Tunisia's problems

Employers federation chief Ouided Bouchamaoui presses the United States for greater involvement in North Africa.
Nobel Peace Prize laureates of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet (L to R), President of the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) Abdessatar Ben Moussa, President of the Tunisian employers union (UTICA) Wided Bouchamaoui, President of the National Order of Tunisian Lawyers Fadhel Mahfoudh and Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union Houcine Abbassi are honoured on the stage during the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Telenor Arena outside Oslo, 11 December, 2015. REUTERS/Jon Olav Nesvold

The United States must ramp up its support for Tunisia and press for a political settlement in neighboring Libya if the fledgling democracy is to succeed, employers federation president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ouided Bouchamaoui told Al-Monitor.

Bouchamaoui has been sharing that message with US and international officials this week during a whirlwind visit to Washington at the invitation of the World Bank and the International Republican Institute. She said solving the crisis in Libya would solve 80% of Tunisia's problems by improving security and allowing its economy to take off.

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