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Partisan, electoral and governmental perspectives in Tunisia

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The political situation in Tunisia is volatile and fragile, and could have multiple results. I want to tackle three perspectives: partisan, electoral and governmental. These are intertwined and converge on a common point: the eternal struggle for power and domination over positions of influence and decision-making.

On a partisan level, the existing fragile interests and alliances meet around either electoral calculations or current parliamentary coalitions aimed at passing laws or budgets, forming constitutional structures or renewing confidence in governments, without clear policies. These alliances do not rise to the level of entities or partisan blocs based on programmes, visions and shared perceptions. Hence, they are also susceptible to destruction and restructuring at any time, according to the law of interests and the variables on the political scene. This is evidenced by the hybrid National Coalition, which originated from the ruins of other parliamentary blocs, and seeks to provide controversial and conditional support to Prime Minister Youssef Chahed. It is also aimed at influencing parliamentary action and formulating common strategies for the next legislative and presidential elections.

These circumstantial and hybrid parliamentary blocs require us to consider further their proposals imposed on Tunisia since the revolution, without any moral and legislative controls; hence, we have partisan tourism, which has corrupted politics and contributed to its volatility. They also pose a moral dilemma that contributed to lowering the level of trust in the political class and putting it in the dock for its absence of principles and values, and the prevalence of interests. The members of this political echelon have betrayed their constituents and disclaimed them because they changed........

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