Tunisians head for the polls amid dimming faith in democracy

Pamela Abbott* (Corresponding Author), Andrea Teti, Roger Sapsford

*Corresponding author for this work

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Tunisians, and the wider world, expected a great deal after the dawn of democracy in 2011. This followed the popular uprisings that ended President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s dictatorial rule.

But even two years after those momentous events, many were beginning to doubt both the new government and the democracy it claimed to embody.

Those doubts have deepened.

On 15 September the nation will go to the polls to elect a new president in its second free elections since 2011. The election will be a major challenge for the country’s fledgling democracy.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2019


  • Arab Spring
  • Social Justice
  • Tunisia
  • Corruption
  • unemployment rate
  • youth bulge
  • Peacebuilding
  • Afrobarometer
  • Democracy in Africa
  • Elections in Africa
  • Peace and Security
  • Global perspectives
  • Ben Ali


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