- Gentlemen, start your drones: Judge’s ruling opens door for commercial use
- Soldier who hid, bragged about not saluting flag to be punished — in secret
- ‘Maverick’ of the seas: ‘Top Gun’ school for U.S. ship officers to launch
- Putin declares Sochi Paralympics open amid Ukrainian protest
- ‘In Jesus name, we pray’ sparks ire at Ohio council meeting
- Navy’s first laser weapon ready for prime time; drone killer to deploy this summer
- Billionaire backer: Rick Santorum ‘needs to be heard’ in 2016
- Obamacare fallout: 49 percent pessimistic; 45 percent ‘scared’
- DHS accused of holding U.S. citizen at airport, using emails to pry into her sex life
- Seattle socialist: Minimum-wage discussion skewed by ‘right-wing’ GAO analysis
Economy top concern of post-Arab Spring Tunisians: poll
Most Tunisians say their economic situation is worse than it has ever been, worry that their country is headed in the wrong direction but prefer an unstable democracy over a stable authoritarian regime.
The International Republican Institute surveyed 1,236 Tunisian adults from Oct. 1 to Oct. 12. The results were released Tuesday.
The poll found that 60 percent of respondents listed the economy and financial crisis as the most important problems facing their country, followed by unemployment, security and terrorism.
Fifty-four percent said they are satisfied with the current state of democracy in their country, but 35 percent described Tunisia as a flawed democracy and 37 percent said it is not a democracy at all.
Tunisia’s Islamist-led government has agreed to step down amid criticism fueled by the assassination of two secular opposition leaders this year. The ruling Ennahda party and the opposition were in talks to form a new caretaker government and appoint an interim prime minister. The talks broke down in November.
Tunisia has grappled with security and economic challenges almost three years since pro-democracy Arab Spring protests toppled the government of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
Mr. Ben Ali fled the country on Jan. 14, 2011, following violent protests triggered by the self-immolation of 26-year-old street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi, who was upset about being harassed by a municipal official.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
- Russia's neighbors shiver amid Putin's Cold War moves in Ukraine
- Israelis had U.S. help in intercepting Iranian missile shipment to Palestine
- Obama warns U.S. may retaliate against Russia with economic sanctions
- Spread of brutal Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram alarms U.S.
- State Department report shows human rights at risk
TWT Video Picks
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
- CPAC 2014: Rand Paul urges conservatives to fight for liberty
- Putin has transformed Russian army into a lean, mean fighting machine
- Soldier who hid to avoid saluting the flag to be punished in secret; Army won't release details
- EDITORIAL: Connecticut revolts against gun controls that could criminalize 300,000
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- EDITORIAL: Harry Reid's corrupt Senate house of cards
- Russias Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again