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Monday, February 7, 2011

Tunisia Suspends, May Dissolve RCD

Tunisia's Interim Government has suspended the former ruling party, the Constitutinal Democratic Rally (RCD), and may dissolve it.

Normally, banning political parties seems a move against democratization. The RCD was no ordinary party, however. Ultimately the creation of Habib Bourguiba, it had undergone several name changes but remained an all-pervasive party with its tendrils reaching into neighborhoods, workplaces, and virtually every aspect of life.

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