Tunisians Are Fed Up With Their Entire Post-Revolution Political Class

Supporters of jailed media magnate Nabil Karoui chant for his freedom in Nabeul, west of Tunis, Tunisia, Sept. 21, 2019 (AP photo by Mosa’ab Elshamy).
Supporters of jailed media magnate Nabil Karoui chant for his freedom in Nabeul, west of Tunis, Tunisia, Sept. 21, 2019 (AP photo by Mosa’ab Elshamy).

The first round of Tunisia’s presidential election underlined a critical fact about the country’s fraught democratic transition: Tunisians have had enough of their post-revolution politicians. This was made clear not only by the number of people who skipped the mid-September vote altogether, but by the choices made by those who opted to have a say. This year’s shortened electoral calendar, in which Tunisians will elect a new parliament between two rounds of presidential voting, was drawn up after the unexpected death of 92-year-old President Beji Caid Essebsi in July. The Independent High Authority for Elections brought the presidential vote forward […]

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