Tunisia: Inevitable Upheaval Fraught With Dangers
· August 2021
To kick over the table and grant himself full authority, Kais Saied claimed the State was in “imminent danger.” Considering the in the country, this was a reasonable claim. But for the moment, the meaning of the President’s choice remains unclear and, in any case, very risky.
“Coup d’etat”? (...)
Ennahda, the “Sick Man” of Tunisian Politics
· February 2020
Since the revolution of 2011, Ennahda has been at the heart of the Tunisian political debate, raising all fears for some, all hopes for others. But nine years later, the party is questioning its future and struggling to set its priorities, causing disappointment among its supporters.
- Tunisia. For President Kais Saied, Democracy Can Be a New Idea Thierry Brésillon · November 2019 Kais Saied’s election as President of Tunisia has refuelled the civic energy in a population disappointed by the results of the democratic transition. With his plans for a “new construction” he means to renew the bond between state and society give substance to the notion of popular sovereignty. (...)
Tunisia. Presidential Election in a Fog
· September 2019
There is tension in the air with the start of the presidential campaign. Seldom has an election seemed so open. In choosing their president, Tunisians will also be defining his institutional role.
Anyone who can name the next president of Tunisia is clever indeed, or even name the two run-off (...)
Tunisia. Inheritance Equality Contested
· September 2018
A draft law initiated by the President meant to give both sexes equal inheritance rights was greeted as another sign of improvement in the condition of women. But it also touched off two public debates: what should the role of religion be, and how do we reform society in a democracy?
Tunisia. False Coup, Real Political Crisis
· July 2018
The dismissal on June 6 of Lofti Brahem, the Minister of Home Affairs, gave rise to the rumor of a coup in the offing. It was a symptom of a growing restiveness in Tunisia while the sensitive issues are piling up and the institutions have trouble asserting their authority.
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- Tunisia: Towards the Restoration of Personal Power Thierry Brésillon · October 2017 Beji Caid Essebsi announced last September a forthcoming revision of the Constitution adopted in January 2014, which set in stone the gains of the 2011 Revolution. According to the president, it is responsible for blocking government action. In particular, he denounces the constitutional (...)