Egypt Institute Journal (Vol. 6- Issue 24) / studies

Backgrounds and reasons of Tunisian president’s coup on democracy

October 2021

October 2021

A Jordanian researcher in political science, interested in comparative politics and the problem of democracy and political Islam in the post-Arab Spring period. He is preparing a master’s thesis at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies on the subject of democratic transition in Jordan and Morocco.


Since the outbreak of the Tunisian revolution in late 2010; Tunisia has been moving towards democratic transformation at a steady pace, unlike the rest of the Arab experiences, where revolutions were either aborted through counter-revolutions, amid popular despair; or they were not strong enough to go ahead on the path towards democracy. Thus, the Tunisian experience has been considered an exception and an ideal model for liberation from the grip of tyranny prevailing in the Arab world.

However, although the “independent” Kais Saied came to power through democratic procedures as an elected president, he did not refrain from creating political and administrative disputes that have undermined state agencies, disrupted government action and posed threats to public interests. The end result was that instead of addressing and solving the state’s problems, he further exacerbated them.

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