Tunisia: Between Islam and Secularism

    With the second round of presidential elections due to take pace on December 21 Tunisia is often described as the only Arab revolution success story.

    Three years after the uprising which brought down the dictator Zain al Abidin Ben Ali the country is transitioning into a multi-party democracy. But all is far from rosy in this north African nation. Unemployment is high; divisions between secularists and Islamic parties are acute; and a “takfiri” security threat poses a persistent problem.

    Roshan Muhammed Salih travels to Tunisia during the first round of the country’s presidential elections to find out whether national reconciliation is possible or if the revolution has simply run out of steam.

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