How responses to Tunisia show shifting Middle East geopolitics – analysis

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How responses to Tunisia show shifting Middle East geopolitics – analysis
The US has tiptoed around the situation, highlighting the Biden administration’s trepidation when it comes to involvement in the region.
By LAUREN MORGANBESSER
JULY 29, 2021

After the alleged coup attempted by Tunisian president Kais Saied, the response from the international community seems to be one of watching and waiting. Sunday night, Saied ousted the government and froze the activities of parliament for thirty days. On Monday, he further consolidated his power, announcing a month-long curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and a ban on gatherings of more than three people in public places. Analysts of the region warn that Saied’s actions could signal the end of democracy in the sole success story of the Arab Spring.

Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party and Tunisia’s biggest party, has been the most vocal opposition to the move, with the leader of the party, Rached Ghannouchi, speaking out against it and quickly labelling it as a “coup attempt.” Tuesday, Ennahda challenged the president to call new legislative and presidential elections, saying avoiding elections would be “a pretext to maintain an autocratic regime.”

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