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Tunisians demonstrate in support of Tunisian President Kais Saied in Tunis, Tunisia. Tunisians demonstrate in support of Tunisian President Kais Saied in Tunis, Tunisia, Oct. 3, 2021 (AP photo by Hassene Dridi).

Saied Levels Yet Another Blow at Tunisia’s Democracy

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Today, the Ukrainian people are fighting—quite literally—for their right to determine their own fate, independently and democratically. It was not so long ago that millions of people in multiple nations of the Middle East and North Africa rose up to fight for democracy at home in a wave of revolutions that, while markedly different from the events, circumstances and challenges in Ukraine, involved a quest to secure some of the rights that Ukrainians are today battling to preserve. At the time, these uprisings, known as the Arab Spring, inspired high expectations. Then, they derailed into tragedy.

Back in 2011, observers believed that the country in the region with the best chance for democratic success was Tunisia, where the Arab Spring first began. Now, a dozen years after the street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, unleashing protests that transfixed the world and ousted autocrats in Libya, Egypt and at home in Tunisia, the fight to establish democracy in this bellwether Arab country has swerved badly off-track. ...

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