n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Tunisia's parliamentary polling faces low public confidence in government - : election reflection

Volume 2013, Issue 11
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One legacy of 2011's mass uprising in Tunisia that removed long-term president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali from power and sparked a wave of revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa, which came to be known as the 'Arab Spring', was that in just over a year, Tunisia had revolutionised its political outlook. An authoritarian dictatorship was removed and the country's first legislative election was held. The process for creating a democratic constitution was set up. However, what seemed like a swift transition to democracy eventually derailed as the county found itself embroiled in a series of ongoing political crises. As the expected presidential election was repeatedly delayed because of a political deadlock between governing parties over the country's constitution, frustrated citizens took to the streets in public protest. Recently, the interim government announced that presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on 17 December 2013. However, this date is likely unrealistic and has led many to question whether the birthplace of the Arab Spring will also be its deathbed.

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