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Tunisia Leads the Way Again

Post-election Power Constellation Promising for Democratisation

SWP Comment 2011/C 37, November 2011, 4 Pages



The electoral success of the moderate Islamist Ennahda will do no harm to the chances of successful democratisation in Tunisia. Quite the contrary in fact: the new situation is favourable, because Ennahda will take on the responsibility of government without being able to rule alone. The emerging coalition of left-wing and Islamist parties will enjoy broad acceptance in the population. They will need it too, if they are to revive a flagging economy and sweep out the cobwebs from the former regime's state apparatus. Parliamentary elections are likely to be held within the year, so Ennahda and its coalition partners will be eager to demonstrate a good economic and political track record by that date. Europe should continue to support the democratisation process with money, expertise and deeper cooperation, but above all by demonstrating trust and patience.

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