The Tunisian pseudo-democratic election represented a current trend in the Arab world, whereby political pluralism is largely declarative in nature and has minimal practical significance. In the case of Tunisia (as in many other Arab states), this process mainly aims to reinforce the country’s global image, which can subsequently be translated into economic gains. Nevertheless, even President Ben Ali comprehends that despite his landslide victory, a primary task will continue to be to maintain a grip on potentially threatening opposition elements. As long as these forces are suppressed, Tunisia will continue to reap the fruits of its appeal to foreign tourists and investors.
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