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The US can no longer ignore Tunisia’s fight for democracy
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The US can no longer ignore Tunisia’s fight for democracy

Gordon Gray discusses what role the United States can play in Tunisia's fight for democracy following President Kais Saied's recent anti-democratric power grab.

“We’re like North Korea now,” a Tunisian friend told me recently, half-joking and half-serious. “Kim Jong-un is the only other one in the world who controls all three branches of government.”

Earlier that same day, Tunisian President Kais Saied issued a decree replacing the Supreme Judicial Council and giving him the authority to fire judges. Saied assumed all legislative powers in his decree, which gave an official veneer to a July power grab in which he suspended parliament and fired the prime minister.

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Gordon Gray

Senior Fellow

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