Socialist Worker

The new government will be weak

by Fathi Chamki (RAID-ATTAC) in Tunis
Issue No. 2235

The situation on the ground remains quite volatile. The flight of Ben Ali gave remnants of the old regime a platform to regroup—despite the fact that it was on its last legs—and they are trying to organise a counter-revolution.

They have launched a series of attacks under the guise of a “national unity government” to try to quell protest and clamp down on any radical changes to the system.

Meanwhile, there is an absence of any organised form of political expression from the revolutionary forces. But one thing is certain—the interim government will be weak.

It will have to deal with an angry population with a thirst for radical social change.

It lacks the tools for maintaining order due to the near-collapse of the Ministry of Interior and security forces.

The spirit of the revolution is well alive and won’t be easily defeated.

The situation therefore remains unstable and wide open to further waves of protests—the balance of power could swing towards either the forces of the revolution or the counter-revolution.

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