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28 March 2011, 12:00 p.m. | Democratic reform on the cards for Tunisia?

Tunisia, the country that sparked reforms in other North African and Middle Eastern countries, could offer a good example of democracy. That is, if it manages to restructure its country after the elections for a constitutional council on July 24, 2011, a step toward new legislative and presidential elections.

A step towards freedom

After 23 years of dictatorship rule, Tunisians are demanding an inclusive and transparent state. Thanks to social network sites such as Facebook, citizens have mobilised themselves and made their voices heard: they ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, got rid of an unpopular prime minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, seen as loyal to the old regime and sparked revolutions in neighbouring countries.   

"For the first time you can write what you think without censorship; either self-censorship or from your boss," said Tunisian journalist Assia Atrous.

When the new interim Prime Minister, 84-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi, swore in the new ...


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