An Islamist Victory in Tunisia and the Fate of the Arab Spring

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tunisians women show their inked fingers after voting on October 23, 2011, in a polling station in Ettadhamen, a working class part of Tunis. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty)

Tunisia's moderate Islamist Ennahda party appears to be the clear victor of Sunday's election, winning about a 40 percent plurality of the vote. In the first democratic election in the nation that ignited the Arab Spring, 90 percent of Tunisians took to the polls to vote on a r a 217 member assembly that will draft a new constitution and appoint a new caretaker government. An Islamist victory in secular Tunisia could point to a trend in the region. Islamists are poised to make electoral gains in Egypt, and have been dominate in post-Gadhafi Libya.

But what kind of future are the Tunisian people voting for? Was this truly the fruits of the Arab Spring; or the beginning of an Islamist revolution? Gordon Gray, U.S. ambassador to Tunisia, gives his analysis from Tunis.

Guests:

Amb. Gordon Gray

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [3]

Jay from San Antonio, Texas

Regarding your story on the 7 billionth human being: What doe it mean?

First, look to human history for that answer. The more human beings fitted to the planet, a finite space, the more war, the more hunger, the less housing, shelter and safety.

In these more modern times, add to that list: the less health care, the greater division between wealth and poverty and the less education for the masses.

Finally, the more human beings on this small planet, the more degradation of the natural planet occurs-through avarice, need or simple over-crowding.

I can't imagine a single items that is beneficial, to the human race or the planet at-large, by the size of the human population.

Oct. 25 2011 11:06 AM
listener

It seems some journalists have painted themselves into a corner and you can hear their awkwardness as reality begins to dawn.
Just as they suspended disbelief in ennobling the extremist basket case OWS protests they must do the same by rationalizing the "moderate" Islamist takeover of the "Arab Spring" of which they invested so much.

Oct. 25 2011 09:45 AM
Oscar Perez from Miami

Moderate? Seriously?

How can you claim they are moderate when a) they support Shariah law and b) your Tunisian commentator yesterday was in abject fear that this party would win and begin taking away rights from women?

Oct. 25 2011 09:05 AM

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