In the latest issue brief from the Rafik Hariri Center at the Atlantic Council, “Electoral Politics Under Tunisia’s New Constitution,” author Duncan Pickard assesses the challenges and likely outcomes for political parties in Tunisia after the completion of the country’s new constitution.

Tunisians have been waiting for a new constitution to cement democratic order after decades of dictatorship. Once approved in the National Constituent Assembly or by national referendum as early as this fall, the new constitution will initiate a form of legal stability, but party politics and new institutional arrangements could converge to complicate decision-making and obscure consensus. Together with an electoral law that has yet to be written, the final constitution and the distribution of executive powers therein will present strategic challenges for political parties.

The issue brief was launched at the July 11 event, “Electoral Politics Under Tunisia’s New Constitution.”

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