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Tunisia Braces for a Prolonged Political Crisis

MIN READAug 4, 2021 | 16:31 GMT

A protester lifts a Tunisian flag at an anti-government rally in Tunis on July 25, 2021.

A protester lifts a Tunisian flag at a rally in Tunis on July 25, 2021.

(FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images)

Tunisia appears poised for a prolonged political crisis as a combination of domestic and foreign support enables President Kais Saied to make further disruptive moves as he sees fit. Tunisian politics are in disarray and they’re unlikely to quickly return to the status quo after Saied’s controversial 30-day suspension of parliament ends. But based on events so far, the upheaval is also unlikely to result in the dramatic overhaul of the country’s political system that Tunisians have demanded since the Arab Spring. Events over the last week instead indicate that the North African country is headed for something in between -- that is, an extended period of political paralysis that shakes its fragile economy and undermines the power of the dominant Islamist Ennahda party. ...

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