This year Tunisia celebrates 10 years of being a democratic country. Tunisia has broken the mold, transitioning to democracy in 2011 and maintaining it since.
Tunisia has since adopted one of the region’s most progressive constitutions and held two rounds of free elections, one in 2014 and the other one in 2019 where they chose Kais Said as the president of Tunisia. Also we can’t forget to mention that Tunisia is the first and most Arab democratic country.
During that time and since 2011’s revolution the government has failed to effectively address economics, a problem that led to frequent protests.
On July 25th 2021, many Tunisians took to the streets to protest against the political class and the successive failing governments.
After all the protests that day, Tunisia’s President Kais Saied froze the parliament, dismissed the prime minister, to become the only head of state, while claiming to have acted in accordance with Article 80 of the Tunisian constitution, which permits the president to claim exceptional powers for 30 days “in the event of imminent danger” to the state or its functioning.
Today, 30 days have already passed and still there’s no working parliament in Tunisia.
Now the question is…will Tunisia stay a democratic country or not ?
Well there’s no answer for that yet. For some people what Kais Saied did, is actually based on what Tunisians wanted and protested about that day and for some others, things could have been done differently and in a more democratic way.