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Five months after the landmark passage of a new constitution, and with elections expected this year, a new IRI poll finds Tunisia once again at a crossroads in its democratic transition.  Improvements in daily life haven’t kept pace with expectations, and Tunisians have become frustrated with the pace of change.


The first in a series of updates on Tunisia’s preparations for parliamentary and presidential elections, this report was compiled from the observations of IRI’s long-term observer for the voter registration period.  Subsequent reports will draw on the analyses of IRI’s long-term observers in Tunisia.


Economic Assistance Alone Will Not Lead to Success in Tunisia


Part of an early generation of Tunisian activists, Chebbi courageously led the fight for democracy and human rights for more than four decades for which he was imprisoned and forced into exile.  Now a member of the National Constituent Assembly, he is focused on making sure democracy meets the expectations of those who bravely overthrew a dictator.


Tired of living in fear of a harsh dictatorship which prohibited free speech and political freedom, the founders of iWatch wanted a new, free and democratic Tunisia.  When the revolution began in Sidi Bouzid, they were among hundreds of young Tunisians who stood up to the brutality of President Ben Ali’s security services.


‘It Is a New Day for My Sons’


Tunisia: The Little Country that Could...and Did

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