Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Anniversary of Tunisian revolution

Tunisia is marking the one-year anniversary of the revolution that ended the dictatorship of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali (AP)

Tunisia is marking the one-year anniversary of the revolution that ended the dictatorship of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali - and sparked uprisings around the Arab world - with prudent optimism.

Worries over continued high unemployment cast a shadow over Tunisians' pride at transforming their country. Now a human rights activist is president, and a moderate Islamist jailed for years by the old regime is prime minister at the head of a diverse coalition.

The death of a fruit vendor who set himself on fire prompted protests that spread around Tunisia, unleashing years of pent-up frustration and anger. Under pressure from the street, Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on January 14.

Leading Arab dignitaries are joining Tunisia's leaders to commemorate the anniversary.