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Tunisia was the first country to overthrow its rulers in the Arab Spring, but it is split between Islamist factions and those who want to preserve and extend its secular values. Elections have been delayed and the economy, particularly the vital tourism sector, has declined. The nation must decide which direction to take – possibly as a bridge between Africa, the A...
A Tunisian man burned himself to death in protest at his treatment by police and sparked pro-democracy rebellions across the Middle East. That was nearly two years ago and the West welcomed what it saw as a move towards democracy and freedom of religion and speech. But the revolutions have strengthened the influence of Sunni Islamists who reject these values. While...
The first free vote in the Arab Spring saw an Islamist party emerge victorious in Tunisia. Now one of its key tasks is to entrench stability within the country after a successful popular revolution which ousted a president who had ruled for more than 20 years. GIS expert Bernard Siman gives this briefing on the challenges facing Tunisia and its people.