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The end of Tunisian democracy?

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Thursday 14 October 2021, by siawi3

Source: https://africasacountry.com/2021/10/the-end-of-tunisian-democracy

10.11.2021

The end of Tunisian democracy?

By William Shoki

On this week’s episode of AIAC Talk, Will Shoki speaks with Maha Ben Gadha about the changing political landscape in Tunisia.

Photo: Oued Ellil, west of Tunis, capital of Tunisia. Image credit Xinhua for Pan Chaoyue via Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

In a widely supported move in July, Tunisia’s president Kais Saied suspended parliament, sacked the prime minister, and assumed emergency powers. In September, he suspended parts of the constitution, announced rule by decree, and appointed Najla Bouden as the country’s first female prime minister. Many Western commentators are now wondering, is this the end of Tunisian democracy?

This week on AIAC Talk, we chat to Maha ben Gadha, the economic program manager at the Tunis-based, North Africa office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. We dig into the roots of the political crisis, uncovering how Tunisia’s political class has lost legitimacy since the 2011 revolution by failing to deliver social transformation. Beyond the right to vote, Tunisians want a democracy that includes jobs and dignity too. With fiscal pressures growing and an IMF loan on the cards, will the president be able to respond to popular demands?

Listen to the show here