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Can Tunisia’s civil society save its democracy?

Gordon Gray explores the fragile state of Tunisia's democracy following President Kais Saied's suspension of Parliament and assumption of extra-constitutional powers this past summer.

Twin crises confront Tunisia today: a stagnating economy and — more recently — President Kais Saied’s suspension of parliament and assumption of extra-constitutional powers. By all appearances, Najla Bouden Romdhan — the former geology professor he appointed as prime minister on September 29 — is unlikely to have the skills, experience, or leeway necessary to solve these economic and political problems.

Americans need to pay attention for two reasons. First, Tunisia’s path from dictatorship to democracy — stalled by the president’s power grab this summer — is important for any American who cares about democratic values. Second, stability in Tunisia is key to reducing dangerous and unregulated migration to U.S. allies across the Mediterranean Sea.

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Authors

Gordon Gray

Former Former Senior Fellow