The Tunisian Presidential Election: The Beginning or End of Democracy?


The election of Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi as the new President of Tunisia in a runoff election against incumbent President Moncef Marzouki has generated much controversy. For some, Essebsi’s victory appears as a message that Islamism is no longer prominent in Tunisia. For others, Essebsi’s rise to power, alongside the Nidaa Tounes party’s victory in legislative elections last month, is a dangerous sign of Tunisia’s return to the days of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled the country during the 2011 uprising.

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