Ben Ali: the Tunisian autocrat who laid the foundations for his demise

…..Still not out of the woods

Following the initial euphoria after he went into went into exile, Tunisians have become increasingly disillusioned with their government.

In the most recent survey by Arab Barometer in late 2018, 79% of adults thought that government performance was poor, 92% that the state of the economy was bad and 90% that the government was corrupt.

While Tunisians still agree that democracy is the preferable form of government, only 22% think that it is suitable for their country.

Ben Ali’s exile may have stopped a bloodbath as happened in Libya and Syria following uprisings in those countries. But, it has still not ushered in a government that is responsive to its citizens’ demands – including decent jobs, acceptable living standard and an end to corruption.

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