Tunisia: Coup or Alternative for Reform?


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Following nationwide protests over economic stagnation, corruption and mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic, Tunisian President Kais Saied suspended parliament and assumed extraordinary executive powers. Host Carol Castiel and VOA senior analyst for North Africa and the Middle East, Mohamed Elshinnawi, talk with Amy Hawthorne, Deputy Director for Research, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED, about why Tunisia, which overthrew its autocratic leader in the context of the Arab Spring protests, has reached this precarious moment. How does Saied plan to reshape Tunisia’s political landscape and to what extent does it imperil Tunis’ fledgling democratic system?

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