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The only country thus far that has fulfilled the promise of the "Arab Spring" has been Tunisia.Recently, Tunisia, ratified a new constitution that broke radically with the country's authoritarian past, guaranteed equality before the law for all citizens, and, most importantly, enjoyed broad popular support.What is particularly promising about Tunisia is not its liberal and forward-looking constitution, the dynamism of its civil society, or the constructive energy of its youth. In most transitions from one model of governance to another, society can often become polarized and divided among ideologically divergent political groups. Constitutions and elections are important in laying out basic foundations for democracy and popular legitimacy.Translating this "democratic spirit" into strong institutions has further distinguished Tunisia from the rest of the Middle East. Tunisian lawmakers have approved, through a broad consensus, a constitution that will serve as the basis for rule of law in their country; workers have organized into powerful trade unions; and students have joined or formed civil society groups. Though the transition process is still very much ongoing in Tunisia, it is off to a promising start.
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