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The Struggle for Meanings and Power in Tunisia after the Revolution

The Struggle for Meanings and Power in Tunisia after the Revolution In light of the chaotic and current situation in Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen, international observers consider the Tunisian experience to be the reference model of political change in the region. In spite of assassinations, tensions and conflicts that emerged within and outside of its Parliament, Tunisia managed to free public speech, to create a pluralist political arena and to obtain a democratic constitution adopted by the National Constituent Assembly. This second transitional phase resulted in the upholding of parliamentarian and presidential elections. Glowing reports of the international community and local self-triumph put aside, the Tunisian trajectory should be scrutinized in order to go beyond simplistic interpretations of the dynamics at work. The 2011 uprisings have initiated a continuing process of redefinition of political forces and alliances. Key elements of this process include the institutionalization of political Islam through the Ennahda party, the assertion of the Salafi movement in the public sphere, the shift from one type a collation of former opponents to the Ben Ali regime in the years 2011–2014 (the “troika” of cpr -Ettakatol and Ennahda) to an alliance between Islamists and the anti-Islamist party of Nida Tounes. However, competition for power does not by itself http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Middle East Law and Governance Brill

The Struggle for Meanings and Power in Tunisia after the Revolution

Middle East Law and Governance , Volume 8 (2-3): 119 – Nov 28, 2016

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© 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1876-3367
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In light of the chaotic and current situation in Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen, international observers consider the Tunisian experience to be the reference model of political change in the region. In spite of assassinations, tensions and conflicts that emerged within and outside of its Parliament, Tunisia managed to free public speech, to create a pluralist political arena and to obtain a democratic constitution adopted by the National Constituent Assembly. This second transitional phase resulted in the upholding of parliamentarian and presidential elections. Glowing reports of the international community and local self-triumph put aside, the Tunisian trajectory should be scrutinized in order to go beyond simplistic interpretations of the dynamics at work. The 2011 uprisings have initiated a continuing process of redefinition of political forces and alliances. Key elements of this process include the institutionalization of political Islam through the Ennahda party, the assertion of the Salafi movement in the public sphere, the shift from one type a collation of former opponents to the Ben Ali regime in the years 2011–2014 (the “troika” of cpr -Ettakatol and Ennahda) to an alliance between Islamists and the anti-Islamist party of Nida Tounes. However, competition for power does not by itself

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Published: Nov 28, 2016

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