Tunisia and the Upcoming Elections. Part One. Waste Deep in IMF Structural Adjustment…

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Tunis - in the Medina. Tunis – in the Medina.

(note: This also appeared at Foreign Policy In Focus

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Upcoming elections in Tunisia will be the focus of both national and international attention in the coming period. Parliamentary elections on October 26, will be followed by a presidential election on November 23. The election campaign is in full swing at the moment. With these elections, hopefully a period of rocky political transition is coming to a close, but this is far from certain. Unlike the rosy analyses coming out of Washington suggesting that Tunisia is an island in a sea of instability, the actual picture in the North African country remains essentially fragile at best and could, despite the rosy prognoses, collapse. Still, Syria and Iraq might be in shambles, Egypt in the hands of a military dictatorship, Yemen in full political crisis, Libya for all practical purposes essentially (or nearly) in a state…

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