Identity Confrontations Will Not Create New Jobs in Tunisia
The author argues that free elections and the advent of an En Nahda party dominated government have led to a rise in identity politics. This does little to address the growing gap between an impoverished hinterland and a much richer and better educated coastal region. Tunisia’s hard won status as a reliable exporter of high value added products in the mechanical and electronic sector is being eroded. Unless it addresses these challenges head on, the new government led by Hamadi Jebali will quickly come to appreciate that identity confrontations divide Tunisia and will hasten the exit of foreign companies which to date has been limited to 170.
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