CDS spreads continue to rise in troubled Middle East

As the focus of the political turmoil rocking the Middle East and north Africa shifts towards Libya, risk perceptions of other sovereigns affected by the unrest continue to rise.

In Tunisia, credit default swap (CDS) spreads widened from 177 basis points at end of trading yesterday to 190bp by 1.00pm today, according to financial information provider Markit. The interim Tunisian government has called for the extradition of ousted president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia

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