Tunisia’s uprising enters its second week since Zine el-Abidine Ben-Ali’s departure, but its direction has become unclear. Will Mohamed Ghannouchi’s government stay in power, or will it become a short-lived episode in the old regime’s demise?
The uncertainty reflects the fact that the uprising is a true people’s movement. Tunisians agreed that Ben-Ali had to go. But no coherent opposition force has emerged to pose key demands and drive events.
Instead, a void opened up, into which stepped the self-described technocrats of the old regime who formed a government and offered their own reading of events. They readily confess that Ben-Ali’s rule was undemocratic, but suggest that this can be changed and that they are the best-placed to do it.… Seguir leyendo »