Tunisia struggles along the path of reform and democracy

Market mechanisms cannot operate in Tunisia's toxic environment for investment (photo: dpa)
Market mechanisms cannot operate in Tunisia's toxic environment for investment (photo: dpa)

Tunisia appears to have emerged from four years of instability following the world’s first Arab Spring protests. A new constitution and now a new coalition government could place the country on the road to democracy and economic reforms. But change is difficult after 23 years of autocratic rule and there is a danger of further unrest unless social problems and poverty are erased.

TUNISIA, the spark which ignited the so-called Arab Spring protests in December 2010, sees pro-democracy forces taking root with a new constitution after a phase of uncertainty.

Social and economic progress is slower than expected. Reform of Tunisia’s economic institutions ...

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