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Tunisia's Elections: An Arab Spring Success Story

May 9, 2018 | 20:48 GMT
In this photograph, a Tunisian man casts his vote at a polling station during local elections in Kasserine in central Tunisia on May 6, 2018.

A Tunisian man casts his vote at a polling station during local elections in Kasserine in central Tunisia on May 6, 2018. The elections mark a major step toward the decentralization of government powers.

(HATEM SALHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Tunisia was the first country to overthrow its government in 2011, kicking off the events that eventually became known as the Arab Spring. Since then, Tunisia has successfully rewritten its constitution and implemented a civilian-led government that includes both Islamist and secular parties. On May 6, Tunisians went to the polls for their third successful democratic elections. The first two, in 2011 and 2014, were parliamentary votes, and this latest election is for local officials, who will be given power through new legislation. ...

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