Tunisia: The Last Survivor of the Arab Spring Nations Has Fallen – by Patrick Cockburn – 31 July 2021

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“Do you remember the tomorrow that never came?” asked a sad piece of street graffiti inCairo, referring to the fate of theArab Springthat once promised to overthrow the brutal autocracies that rule theMiddle East.

That tomorrow moved even further into the future this week when a coup displaced the last surviving democracy to emerge from the Arab uprising of 2011. Appropriately, it took place inTunisia, where the Arab Spring began a decade ago after a vegetable seller burned himself to death in a protest against the actions of the corrupt and dictatorial regime.

On 25 July, Kais Saied, the Trump-like populist president of Tunisia, sacked the prime minister, suspended parliament and declared himself prosecutor general. As with Donald Trump, he had spent the years since he was elected in 2019 blaming members of parliament…

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