Day 26

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Tunisia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Tunisia is once again on the path towards autocracy after a decade-long, genuine democracy-building process. The country’s democracy is once again at a dangerous crossroads. After the dissolution of the parliament and the Supreme Judicial Council, President Kais Saied is trying to force the adoption of a new constitution following a highly contested referendum. Although various political parties and forces have sought to challenge the president’s decisions, they are too fragmented to effectively present any real challenge. The Tunisian General Labour Union and the Ennahdha party are only two forces that have some capacity to provide meaningful resistance against Saied’s autocratic regime. Pray for Tunisia that has suffered for long years without dynamic and caring leaders to seek God and receive new democratic leaders (The Bible, Psalm 105:9).

Source:

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/8/13/ennahdha-needs-to-change-to-save-itself-and-tunisias-democracy

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Tunisia is listed in 26th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. The current President of Tunisia is Kais Saied and the Prime Minister is Najla Bouden Romdhane, the first woman Prime Minister of the country. Modern Tunisians are the descendants of indigenous Berbers and people from numerous civilizations that have invaded or migrated to Tunisia. The Arab Spring enabled the country to have one of the most progressive and open societies in the Arab world. Tunisians felt frustrated by high unemployment, corruption, political oppression, and poor living conditions. Protests led to government changes and inspired similar protests across the whole Arab world. Tunisia’s new constitution is truly progressive, and positive fruit came from the suffering of the Arab Spring. However, unemployment and economic decline remain big challenges to the new government.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Kais Saied
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Najla Bouden Romdhane
POPULATION
11,722,038
CHRISTIANS
0.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
26
REFUGEES
1,135
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.89 yrs
LITERACY RATE
88.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
3.8%

Day 26

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Cambodia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

A Cambodian opposition politician, Son Chay, who spoke out publicly about the unfair and unjust local elections in June has been charged with defamation. The Election Commission demanded a public apology while the ruling party is asking for $1 million compensation. Pray that this kind of unrighteous and abusive leadership will be uprooted from Cambodia. Pray that the old regime will be removed from power, and a new beginning must surely come to Cambodia. Pray that the Church too will experience a new beginning in its growth and strengthening (The Bible, Isaiah 35:3-4).

Source: Cambodia: Opposition leader accused of defamation (Nation World News)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Cambodia is notorious for the Khmer Rouge and landmines. That was 40 years ago, though, and the nation has enjoyed relative peace since then. Even so, the news still reports on frequently hidden landmine explosions that leave people limbless. It is a poor nation, and corruption runs rampant. The sex industry thrives. One-third of Cambodians live on less than one dollar per day, yet it is still one of the region’s fastest-growing economies. Prime Minister Hun Sen has ruled the nation for 35 years, ruthlessly removing opposition. After 2018’s sham elections, the EU, USA, Australia, and Japan have all moved towards introducing sanctions of some kind. The small population of Christian Believers has also enjoyed relative peace, although mission work is scorned. Cambodia remains a non-militant Buddhist state.

CHIEF OF STATE
King Norodom Sihamoni
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Hun Sen
POPULATION
15,288,489
CHRISTIANS
3.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
1.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
1,135
LIFE EXPECTANCY
64.14 yrs
LITERACY RATE
73.9%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
20%