Two months after the elections in Tunisia, Prime Minister Habib Jemli has to deal with a fragmented parliament. As no party achieved the necessary 109 seats to ensure the absolute majority, the risk of “ungovernability” remains high. An uphill start for the youngest Arab democracy.
- This is Egypt’s new People’s Assembly; the NDP has won over 420 seats, secular opposition parties have 13 (Tagammu 5, Wafd 6, Socialist Party 1, Al Ghad 1). There are 70 independent Members of Parliament and it is possible that among them there are other ‘hidden’ NDP members as has happened in the past. One can easily envisage that the presidential elections planned for the second half of 2011 will be ruled by the NDP thanks to a parliament that is even more favourable than the outgoing one.