The Temptations of the Gentle Restoration

Analysis, posted 12.02.2014, from Tunisia, in:
nidaa tounes Supporters in Tunis (picture-alliance/dpa)

Stability and security, rather than revolutionary turbulence and Islamist experiments: the good showing by veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi in the first round of Tunisia's recent presidential election can be read as a desire for a revival of the Bourguiba era.

This is not what the standard-bearer of a revolution looks like: Beji Caid Essebsi, who will soon be 88, is about as far removed as you can get from the embodiment of the values of a revolution initiated by despairing and frustrated young people in Tunisia's desolate hinterland.

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