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Last week, the National Constituent Assembly in Tunisia began discussing an anti-terrorism and money laundering law. While a clear improvement over the law used in the Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali era, the law opens the door for potential clampdowns on fundamental freedoms and a return to draconian rule.On July 17, in the wake of the biggest Mount Chaambi attack yet, which left 14 soldiers dead and another 20 injured, acting Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa highlighted these concerns when he described Tunisia's war on terror as one with "regional extensions".Terrorism, however, is not the only thing that could derail Tunisia's political transition. Tunisia's political leaders are showing a united front in the country's "war on terror" equating it with the country's transition to democracy.While addressing terrorist activities and control over borders is critical for the security, stability, and development of Tunisia, a sound democratic transition requires more than the proposed anti-terrorism law.Without the necessary oversight, the fight against terrorism could derail Tunisia's democratic transition and open the door for the return of the security state in new clothes.
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