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  1. The customary description of Nida’ Tunis as a party is mildly misleading: it is really more of a coalition of secular / social democratic parties, under al-Sabsi: in Oct 11, the secularists won 127 seats to al-Nahda’s 89, but the latter had a single voting block, and so formed the transitional government. As such, it is mildly surprising that Nida’ Tunis has lasted so long before splitting. One possibility during 2013 was that if al-Sabsi had also been assassinated or merely died, Nida’ Tunis might not have remained coherent through to the elections.

    Given the (broad) failure of the Arab Spring, the cult of the jamlukiyya appears to be recurring, not just in Tunis, but in Yemen also ‘ “Members of the family or entourage of President Hadi are interfering in the government’s affairs,” said a Yemeni official, requesting anonymity.’ (http://www.khaleejtimes.com/region/mena/yemen-pm-hadi-to-iron-out-differences-official) al-Nahda cannot make the usual political capital, however, since the family of al-Ghannushi occupy various senior positions within al-Nahda!

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