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Protests, speeches, mark anniversary of Tunisia uprising

TUNIS: Tunisia will build on the gains of the uprising that toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, President Moncef Marzouki insisted Saturday, as demonstrators called for more reforms, and faster. "January 14 is a day that marks the end of a dark period, of an authoritarian and corrupt regime…," said Marzouki in a speech …


Tunisians feel pride, despair on revolt anniversary

TUNIS: As a symbol of how far Tunisia still has to go to fulfill the promise of the first Arab Spring revolution, Ammar Gharsallah’s death this week could hardly have been more poignant. The 40-year-old father of three, despairing at his poverty, died after immolating himself with petrol, echoing the act of the Tunisian vegetable …


One year after Ben Ali flight, a mixed bag for Tunisia

By Kaouther Larbi / AFP TUNIS: A year after they ousted a dictator and gave birth to the Arab Spring, Tunisians are still battling pressing social and economic problems but now under democratically elected rulers. The once fearsome name of strongman Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali is now used almost dismissively as Tunisians breathe more easily since …


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