Egypt Institute Journal (Vol. 7- Issue 26) / studies

The presidential coup against democracy in Tunisia: backgrounds and reasons

April 2022

April 2022

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.

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Tunisia has been moving at a steady pace towards democratic transformation since the outbreak of the Tunisian revolution in late 2010, until it became, according to most international classifications, a democratic state, compared to the rest of the Arab experiences whose revolutions were aborted through counter-revolutions and popular despair or were not able to move forward in their path towards democracy. Thus, the Tunisian experience was considered the exception and the ideal model for democratic liberation from the grip of tyranny among the peoples of the Arab world.

Despite the fact that democracy was the one that brought the “independent” Kais Saied as elected president of the Tunisian republic; however, he created political and administrative disputes that led to the undermining of state agencies and disruption of government activities, posing threats to public interests.

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