The Economist, Tunisia is the country of the year 2014

Weekly, 'mabrouk' for 'shining excption' among Arab springs

18 December, 13:56

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, DECEMBER 18 - The Economist has elected Tunisia ''country of the year''. An article published in its printed edition and on line stressed that 2014 was a difficult year, characterized by wars, conflicts and illnesses, recalling that the very notion of border has been questioned with the expansion of terror groups like ISIS, with the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, and the cruel actions by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

    The economist selected two countries for the title: Indonesia and Tunisia, chosen for their political maturity and progress made by political leaders and civil society. The article says that idealism generated by the Arab Spring has in most cases ended in blood and extremism, except for a "shining exception" - Tunisia, which in 2014 adopted a new constitution, held two elections, a parliamentary and a presidential vote (the second round of voting is scheduled on December 21).

    The country's economy is in difficulty and its political system remains fragile, but the pragmatism and moderation of Tunisia have nourished hope in an unhappy region and in a troubled world, the article said, hailing ''mabrouk, Tunisia!''.

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