Paper Abstract: On the 14th of January 2015, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from Tunisia with his family for a lengthy exile in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. After several weeks of social unrest, which erupted through the immolation of the young fruit-seller Mohammed Bouazizi in Sidi Bouzid, the regime of Ben Ali fell under the pressure from the Tunisian street. Five years later, post-revolutionary Tunisia is still following an arduous path of democratisation altered by several deadly terrorist attacks in 2015. However, the Tunisian way of compromise and mutual dialogue has demonstrated its resilience. This paper reviews the achievements and the disillusions met by the Tunisian revolution after five years of democratic transition.
This essay is part of a study cluster conducted by several CIPADH's reseachers which will soon be printed in a coming review titled "Perspectives from the CIPADH".