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After the Revolution...
With its relatively small, well-educated population of 10 million, Tunisia has been widely expected to have the best chance of successfully transitioning to democracy. Its first post-dictatorship election brought to power the moderate Islamists of Ennahda in a coalition with two secular parties.
With the fall of the country's secular dictatorship, however, hardline Islamist groups also have flourished and there have been a string of attacks by ultraconservative Muslims known as Salafis against arts, culture and people they deemed to be impious.
In the last few months, there also have appeared the Leagues to Protect the Revolution, groups that say they are fighting corruption and seeking out remnants of the Ben Ali regime.
But opposition leaders such as Belaid said the leagues have become Ennahda-backed goon squads that attacked opposition rallies. Last weekend saw a string of attacks against such meetings, including a rally held by Belaid's Popular Front in northern Tunisia.
Belaid, a lawyer, was shot four times point blank as he left his house in Tunis on Wednesday morning. He was taken to a nearby clinic where he died. His wife told French Radio RTL he was shot twice in the head, once in the neck and once in the heart.
More from Huffington Post, June 2013.
sliver of sensible Islamic republic kick-started the Arab spring of democracy and got into all sorts of mayhem in the process but still offers an attractive combination of probable sunshine, good beaches
and superb ancient ruins.
The country appears to be primarily targetting package tourists,
so hotels are well set up to host and entertain that kind of clientele.
History? Hannibal grew up here, Carthage is in the suburbs of Tunis,
and Star Wars was partly filmed at Matmata.
Tunisia's architectural styles range from magnificent Islamic structures
minarets, arches, narrow-alley medinas - to Roman military forts and Berber pit houses
though sadly the majority of buildings visible on any trip around
the country are going to be half-built eyesores of unfinished brick
or breeze-block, with steel reinforcements semi-permanently on display.
Never mind. When you're tired of Roman ruins and beaches the Sahara dunes and a thousand grumpy
camels await your pleasure...
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