The fall of autocratic regimes in the Arab world have led to the inevitable rise to power of Islamist groups who have had no real competition. These groups however are ill-equipped to tackle the economic, social and political problems that these countries face today.
The Association of Religion and Tolerance has offended the sensitivities of the ultra-conservative Muslims whose ears have recently become accustomed to an intolerant discourse imported from the Gulf and orchestrated in order to generate hatred and violence in Tunisia.
In response to the UK’s threat to raid the embassy, Nawaat, Tunisian leading collective blog tweeted: ‘If the UK storm Ecuador embassy we will storm UK embassy in #Tunisia for violating Vienna convention @wikileaks #assange #tnassenge’
Last week, Tunisia’s minister of finance, Houcien Dimassi, abruptly resigned from his post refusing to approve a bill that would cost the national budget more than a billion dollars just to curry favour with the voters
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