Emel Akçali (IMéRA Fellows 2015-2016) est maître de conférences au Département de politique et des relations internationales de l’Université de Swansea au Royaume-Uni.
The Tunisian state and societal transformation that has been taking place since the Tunisian People’s Dignity Revolution of December 2010 certainly deserves praise. After the forced flee of the authoritarian president Ben Ali in January 2011, the majority of the socio-political actors in Tunisia have demonstrated a genuine commitment for building a long-lasting democratic system and keeping a relatively wide margin of freedom of expression. The political alliances were built at decisive moments thanks to the politics of compromise that helped Tunisia to stay on the path of procedural democracy. A new constitution that cherishes principles of devolved government, independent judiciary, and free media, as well as a balance of power between the office of the president and that of the president of the government has been in practice since January 2014. Moreover, a Truth and Dignity Commission was set up, despite a certain degree of political opposition, with the objective of dealing with thousands of claims for human rights violations that took place during Tunisia’s authoritarian era. As such, Tunisia has started to be increasingly represented as the most promising model for the Muslim world (Sezgin, 2014), leaving the once much-appreciated Turkey behind, especially following the latter’s escalating authoritarian turn. Continuer la lecture de « « The Tunisian Success : a possible path for the Arab World ? », par Emel Akçali »