• Critics of various governments in the MENA region have often pointed to elections, and the extent to which they are free, fair, and transparent, as an example of their lack of legitimacy.

  • Article // Oct 24, 2014
    Anne Wolf
    The world is once again looking upon Tunisia with high expectations for its first general parliamentary elections on October 26, almost four years after a revolution that ousted dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. The leaders of Tunisia’s two main political actors – the secular Nidaa Tounes Party and the Islamist Ennahda Party – are prioritizing economic development and security issues in their platforms. While these matters are of great importance to building a stable and democratic Tunisia, it is remarkable that discussions about human rights and transitional justice have been almost entirely absent in the campaigns of these and other parties and candidates.