Six years after the Arab revolutions : Why Tunisia succeeded while others failed?

16 January 2017
Six years after the Arab revolutions : Why Tunisia succeeded while others failed? [Al Jazeera]

‎‎"Six years after the Arab revolutions: Why Tunisia succeeded while others failed?"‎‎
Doha, ‎17 ‎January 2016‎‎


‎After the ousting of Former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on 14 January 2011, the Tunisian revolution followed a constitutional approach, beginning with parliamentary elections that brought three political parties to power in what became known as the "Troika" experience.‎‎ ‎As the constitution of the Second Republic was passed, and legislative and presidential elections were held in 2014, ‎Tunisia underwent a momentous transitional process and started a phase of enhancing its democratic experience.

Six years after the revolution, the Tunisian experience is now marked by stability as a result of a political consensus in which politicians have agreed on a set minimum of cooperation.‎‎ ‎‎The country witnessed its first coalition experience when the Islamic Ennahda Party and two secular parties, the Congress for the Republic and the Coalition for Work and Freedoms, came together.‎‎ ‎‎It then witnessed its second coalition experience with a wider political base comprising four parties whose frontrunners are Nidaa Tounes and the Ennahda Party.‎‎ ‎‎Regardless of the nature of these coalitions, and whether they will endure successive challenges to the Tunisian experience, they have demonstrated a level of maturity in dealing with public affairs. They also show the political pragmatism that spared Tunisia of devastating political upheavals.‎‎

However, ‎the success of the Tunisian experience is likely to be compromised given the floundering economy and the enormous crisis coupled with continuous security threats and regional intricacies.‎‎

‎‎Discussing the Tunisian experience and explore its successes and failures in a context comparing it to other Arab Spring experiences will be:‎‎



Dr.‎‎ ‎‎Ziad Majed

Professor of Political Science at the American University of Paris.



Dr.‎ Tarek al-Zumar

Chairman of the Building and Development Party in Egypt.



Professor Larbi Sadiki

Professor at the University of Qatar.



Dr.‎‎ ‎‎ Rafik Abdessalem

Former Tunisian Foreign Minister.