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Tunisia’s Islamist government agrees to resign

posted at 10:17 am on September 28, 2013 by

Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spring, but had been largely ignored over the last two years as Libya collapsed after a Western intervention and Egypt and Syria tottered.  Despite being the most Westernized of the Arab Spring countries, the successor Islamist government to the Ben-Ali dictatorship turned into a nightmare for Tunisians, complete with political assassinations and the same kind of drive to impose shari’a standards on a more cosmopolitan population.

After a major union threatened a nationwide strike, the Islamists have thrown in the towel:

Tunisia’s governing Islamist party has agreed to step down following negotiations with opposition parties that begin next week.

A spokesman for the main labor union said months of talks with the Islamist-led government had finally reached an agreement Saturday. Bouali Mbarki of the UGTT union said the deal calls for three weeks of negotiations to appoint an interim, non-partisan government.

Tunisia has endured more than two years of turmoil, worsened by the assassination of a leading opposition figure in July.

Perhaps the Tunisians can turn back the Islamist tide in North Africa, but don’t be surprised if al-Qaeda and its affiliates attempt to force a return to Islamist control.

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1) How reasonable, for Islamists anyway…
2) Why can’t The One follow suit? Now I’m jealous of a backward, third-world country!

DublOh7 on September 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM

1) How reasonable, for Islamists anyway…
2) Why can’t The One follow suit? Now I’m jealous of a backward, third-world country!

DublOh7 on September 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM

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1) Uhhhh… don’t be so fast to assign reasonableness to Islamists.
2) I would wait until this “handover” occurs since a suicide bomber with rectally secreted explosives could put a big dent in any gathering meant for “negotiations.”

These people are not to to be trusted or pre-emptively congratulated, IMHO

ExpressoBold on September 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

These people are not to to be trusted or pre-emptively congratulated, IMHO

ExpressoBold on September 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Unlike BHO, who was given the Peace Prize and then was expected to go out and earn it.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Unlike BHO, who was given the Peace Prize and then was expected to go out and earn it.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

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That’s exactly what they said, too. I guess President DroneStrike and Supreme Leader ValJar lulled Vlad the Impaler and Assad the Gasman (he may not be guilty, though) into a Byzantine trap to force them to agree to an unprecedented period of Mideast Peace. With his hands tied by UN negotiations and arcane diplomatic rules, what chance does His Highness the Mudslinger have to actually negotiate. Our Dear Media and Our Deal Leader walk hand-in-hand over the self-dug grave of the Progressive Party of Lincoln.

Gird your loins and go cold in your emotions… U no y.

ExpressoBold on September 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

The Islamist regime in Tunisia has been a disaster for the once large tourist industry there. Tourists from Europe who used to flock to the all inclusive beach resorts have stayed away in droves due to the imposition of draconian Sharia laws that banned the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages, segregation of sexes at the beaches and pools, and strict dress code for women.

The French and Italian tourists naturally found other spots to spend their vacation money.

simkeith on September 28, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Who woulda thunk that being a scholar on a 1500-year-old book makes you inept at governing?

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2013 at 2:32 PM

No islamist government has ever peacefully stepped down. This will not end well.

MrX on September 28, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Despite being the most Westernized of the Arab Spring countries, the successor Islamist government to the Ben-Ali dictatorship turned into a nightmare for Tunisians, complete with political assassinations and the same kind of drive to impose shari’a standards on a more cosmopolitan population.

…what more has to be said?

KOOLAID2 on September 28, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Well, that entire ‘Arab Spring’ thingy just isn’t really going so well for those places that got sprung, now, is it? Or was that ‘mugged’?

ajacksonian on September 29, 2013 at 7:52 AM