Tunisia was the only success from the Arab Spring. However, its democracy has since been rocked by a political as its leaders and institutions flex muscles mostly against one another. An article from Financial Times, however, argues that its not to late to save Tunisia shaky democracy:
Tunisia, where the chain of uprisings began to be known as the Arab Spring, is unraveling. A decade ago, it was the only local revolution that brought about a democratic regime in the world. Now this North African state, which has been a reform laboratory since the 19th century, is once again venturing into the ranks of autocracy.
Kais Saied, the president-elect in 2019, fired the prime minister, suspended parliament and the immunity of its members, removed the ministers of justice and defense, and emptied Tunisia’s shaky but real institutions. Many Tunisians call it a coup. And so it is. But also many welcomed the end of chaos.
Saied trampled on the 2013-14 power-sharing agreement based on a tripartite leadership of president, prime minister and parliament. The formula was omitted to create a constitutional court to rule, especially on Article 80 of Tunisia’s constitution. This allows the president to assume powers in an emergency, but only after consulting the prime minister and speaker of parliament.
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