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2022 Reforms Will Place Tunisia’s Arab Spring Gains on the Line

MIN READDec 30, 2021 | 21:10 GMT

Protesters demonstrate against Tunisian President Kais Saied in the country’s capital of Tunis on Dec. 17, 2021 -- the 11th anniversary of the start of the 2011 revolution.

Protesters demonstrate against Tunisian President Kais Saied in the country’s capital of Tunis on Dec. 17, 2021 -- the 11th anniversary of the start of the 2011 revolution.

(FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images)

Institutional reforms in 2022 will increase political and economic instability in Tunisia and will likely influence other governments in the region to slow down their own democratic transitions. On Dec. 13, Tunisian President Kais Saied announced that a constitutional referendum would be held in July 2022 and that the country's legislature would remain suspended until new elections are held that following December. While these announcements establish a roadmap for institutional reforms over the next year, they also generate significant uncertainty about the country’s political and economic future....

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