Alyn Smith: Has the Arab Spring been a wasted opportunity for democracy?

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Alyn Smith: Has the Arab Spring been a wasted opportunity for democracy?

SOMETIMES it is more frustrating being right than wrong, and as we have watched events in Tunisia this week I’ve been feeling angry that it got to this. Months of simmering resentment over the economy (which shrank by 8% last year) and the hapless government’s response to Covid boiled over this week. Tunisian president Kais Saied dismissed the prime minister Hichem Mechichi, closed parliament and announced a month’s curfew from 7pm to 6am – as well as a ban on…

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Alyn Smith: Has the Arab Spring been a wasted opportunity for democracy?