Will Tunisia’s Popular, Outsider President Be Hobbled by a Divided Parliament?

Tunisian President Kais Saied, second from left, inspects an honor guard upon his arrival at Carthage Palace after his swearing-in ceremony, Carthage, Tunisia, Oct. 23, 2019 (DPA photo by Khaled Nasraoui via AP Images).
Tunisian President Kais Saied, second from left, inspects an honor guard upon his arrival at Carthage Palace after his swearing-in ceremony, Carthage, Tunisia, Oct. 23, 2019 (DPA photo by Khaled Nasraoui via AP Images).

A retired law professor with no prior experience in government won by a landslide in Tunisia’s presidential runoff in mid-October. Kais Saied’s victory, with more than 70 percent of the vote, was widely seen as a sign that the electorate is fed up with the country’s political establishment. In parliamentary elections held between the first and second round of the presidential race, no party won more than 19 percent of the vote. Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party, won a plurality of 52 seats but is likely to face difficulty assembling a coalition government in the 217-seat parliament. In an email […]

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