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Die Presse - Austria | Friday, February 8, 2013

North Africa's new rulers put to the test

Whether the new rulers in Tunisia and Egypt will be able to ensure democratic stability depends on their economic policies, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse argues: "The new rulers in Tunis and Cairo were elected. A large majority of the population supports them. How long this will last depends on whether they manage to get the economy going and create jobs. The street clashes in Tunis and Cairo are counter-productive. Violence and instability frighten away the foreign investors and tourists. An end to international tourism would fit in well with the concept of certain Salafist groups. ... However Ennahda and the Muslim Brothers are more pragmatic, and will do all they can to ensure that the tourist industry doesn't collapse. How far this pragmatism goes will become clear at the latest with the next elections. Then the new rulers will be put to the test because they will have to prove that they are willing to allow a fair election - and if necessary accept defeat."

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