In 2011 a revolution in Tunisia inspired a revolution in Egypt. Both countries then elected Islamist governments. Egypt has ousted its new rulers. But the rebel movement that sparked the recent mass protests in Egypt has struggled to make the same impact in Tunisia, and it is not obvious why. Tunisia, like Egypt, is grappling with serious problems. However, a closer look at Tunisia reveals a more nuanced story.

Tunisia’s Islamists Unlikely to Suffer the Fate of Egypt’s Brotherhood

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In 2011 a revolution in Tunisia inspired a revolution in Egypt. Both countries subsequently elected Islamist governments. Egypt has now ousted its new rulers. Tunisia does not look set to do the same.

The grassroots opposition movement Tamarod, which sparked the recent mass protests in Egypt, has struggled to make the same impact in Tunisia. Its petition to dissolve Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly and scrap the constitution has collected fewer than 200,000 Tunisian signatures—representing barely 2 percent of the population. In contrast, Egypt’s Tamarod claimed to have gathered 22 million signatures for its own petition—more than a quarter of the Egyptian population. ...

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