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Tunisia Needs an Economic Revolution

Tunisia's political success may not last if the country doesn't quickly get to grips with reforming its economy.
Democracy in Action.
Democracy in Action.

Tunisia, the birthplace of the 2011 Arab Spring, has since then conducted two free and fair elections. More impressively, this week, Ennahda, the Islamist party that won three years ago, gracefully acknowledged defeat at the ballot box and passed power to its secular opponents.

In a region where standards of government run from anarchy (Libya) to dictatorship (Algeria and Egypt), Tunisia's democracy is an impressive achievement. Yet the country's political success is fragile to say the least, and is unlikely to last if the country doesn't quickly get to grips with reforming its economy.