The Future of Democracy in Tunisia


Tunisia’s hopeful transition to a democratic future faces a new challenge. Voters in the country have delivered a sharp rebuke to their political elite. In the first round of presidential elections, held on Sept. 15, candidates from establishment parties performed poorly, among them Ennahda, the conservative Islamic party with the most seats in Parliament, and Tahya Tounes, or Long Live Tunisia, the party of Youssef Chahed, the current prime minister.

Instead, two political outsiders emerged on top and will enter a runoff election in October. One is a constitutional lawyer who says he has never voted before. The other owns a television station and is in jail on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering.

This vote was not just a rejection of the current coalition government; it looks like a rejection of the way the elite has conducted politics throughout the transition.

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New York Times