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Tunisians Lose Faith In Ennahda, Revolution

Missteps have left Ennahda as unpopular in Tunisia as the Muslim Brotherhood is in Egypt.
Protesters hold up and a picture of slain opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi during an anti-government demonstration rallying for the dissolution of the Islamist-led government in Sfax, 170 miles (270 km) southeast of Tunis September 26, 2013. Thousands protested in cities across Tunisia on Thursday to call on the ruling Islamist Ennahda party to step down immediately to make way for new elections to end a stalemate with its secular opponents. Poster reads, "Mohamed Brahmi: The martyr of Tunis and the Arab st

The Sept. 28 agreement by Tunisia’s Islamist-led government to resign and allow the formation of an independent cabinet to oversee new elections reflects a sharp drop in popular support since the 2011 revolution.

According to new polling data made available to Al-Monitor, the moderate Islamist party Ennahda has the confidence of only 28% of Tunisians — the same meager support that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood had prior to this summer’s coup.

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