For some, President Kais Saied’s takeover of Tunisia represents a slide towards authoritarianism and an erosion of the democratic gains of the past decade. For others, it represents a new dawn in a country held back by political paralysis, corruption and economic stagnation.

On 25 July, Mr Saied suspended parliament, dismissed the government and assumed extraordinary powers. Many at the time said his moves amounted to a coup. He has since frozen much of the constitution and said he will rule by decree. A new government headed by the Arab world’s first female prime minister, Najla Bouden Romdhane, has been tasked with implementing his vision. (CONTINUED - 867 WORDS)