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The Tunisia attacks are a test for its democracy

The country must not slide back into the thuggish police state it was under autocratic former president Ben Ali

By Rory McCarthy  

People hold Tunisian flags as they demonstrate two days after gunmen attacked the museum and killed scores of people in Tunis, Tunisia. © Christophe Ena/AP/Press Association Images

If Tunisia has so far offered the best hope of a successful democratic transition born of the Arab Spring, then now it faces its greatest challenge. So much depends on how the newly-elected government—formed last year by…

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