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New Tunisian PM Elyes Fakhfakh and outgoing PM Youssef Chahed during the handover ceremony in Tunis. Newly approved Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh, right, and outgoing Prime Minister Youssef Chahed during the handover ceremony in Tunis, Tunisia, Feb. 28, 2020 (AP photo by Hassene Dridi).

After Months of Deadlock, Tunisia Has a New Government. How Long Will It Last?

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

TUNIS, Tunisia—Tunisia’s parliament voted late last month to approve a new government under Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh, ending months of political limbo. While a new president and a fresh crop of lawmakers were sworn in after elections last fall, the ballot produced a highly divided parliament that had been unable to agree on a government until recently.

In Tunis when the new government was announced, many of the Tunisians I spoke with were breathing a sigh of relief that the country narrowly avoided fresh elections, which would have been likely had Fakhfkakh failed to win support. However, others, from young civil society activists to seasoned political analysts, are skeptical that this government will be able to accomplish the difficult tasks needed to keep Tunisia’s democratic transition on track. ...

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