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Vol 52 No 2

Published 21st January 2011


Tunisia

The jasmine and khaki revolution

Protests after a desperate unemployed graduate’s suicide ousted the Ben Ali regime and may change regional politics

The arrest of 33 members of the former ruling family less than a week after the overthrow of President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali on 13 January consolidates the change of regime. It seems to have been underwritten by the army, which had sided with the opposition against the President’s security apparatus and national police. Ben Ali’s enforced flight into exile, just a month after the opposition went on to the streets, sends a powerful message to authoritarian regimes across Africa and the Middle East facing economic and political pressures.

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