The ability to achieve agreement amid searing acrimony may be what saves Tunisia's experiment in democracy.
Kamel Labidi, a long time campaigner for human rights and freedom of expression, attributes this strength partly to high education levels and the military's historical lack of a role in the country — as well as the presence of a labor movement to balance out the Islamists.
"The Islamists understood it was in their interest to make concessions," he said.
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