Tunisians distribute electoral leaflets in Ariana. AFP

Earlier this year Tunisia was the first Middle Eastern country where peaceful protests challenged a long-ruling authoritarian regime—providing the template for the Arab Spring that spread to Egypt and beyond. Since then, the country’s transition has been notably less tumultuous than those of others in the region. After an initial period of instability, Tunisia has been largely free of serious violence and social unrest.

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