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    Re: Tunisian Rioters Overwhelm Police Near Capital

    Good for Tunisia, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali's clock is ticking.
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    Re: Tunisian Rioters Overwhelm Police Near Capital

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    Good for Tunisia, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali's clock is ticking.
    He fled the country and stepped down a couple hours ago. Hopefully this is the beginning of a more democratic future for Tunisia. Ben Ali's government was among the most oppressive in the world.
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    Re: Tunisian Rioters Overwhelm Police Near Capital

    I guess this is the end of any credibility for The Economist's Political Instability Index. They ranked Tunisia as 134th of 165 countries in terms of political instability...which is better than the US, UK, or France.
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    Re: Tunisian Rioters Overwhelm Police Near Capital

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    Re: Behind Tunisia Unrest, Rage Over Wealth of Ruling Family

    Tunisians drive leader from power in mass uprising - Yahoo! News




    TUNIS, Tunisia – After 23 years of iron-fisted rule, the president of Tunisia was driven from power Friday by violent protests over soaring unemployment and corruption. Virtually unprecedented in modern Arab history, the populist uprising sent an ominous message to authoritarian governments that dominate the region.

    The office of Saudi King Abdullah confirmed early Saturday that ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family had landed in Saudi Arabia, after several hours of mystery over his whereabouts. "As a result of the Saudi kingdom's respect for the exceptional circumstances the Tunisian people are going through, and with its wish for peace and security to return to the people of Tunisia, we have welcomed" him, the statement said.
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    The dreaded 'instability' may yield some good intermediate and Long term results throughout Arab North Africa and Middle East.
    This is what might have happened in non-Arab Iran had the govt not crushed the people so brutally.
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    Tunisian president toppled after 23 years

    Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country on Friday amid a wave of deadly social protests in a dramatic end to his 23 years in power that is unprecedented for a leader in the Arab world.

    Ben Ali signed a decree handing interim presidential powers to Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi and flew out of Tunis bound for an unknown destination after failing to quell growing public anger against his iron-fisted regime.
    After 23 years of a dictator, Tunisia is having elections in 6 months, hopefully they'll be fair and open.

    And I found this very interesting:
    Tunisia: The WikiLeaks connection | World news | The Guardian

    Publication of WikiLeaks sourced private US comments on the corruption and nepotism of a hated "sclerotic" regime is said to have helped create Tunisia's protest, and generated talk by US commentators of a "Wikileaks revolution".
    So there is the possibility that the catalyst for this was Wikileaks, hopefully the same can happen in other repressive regimes.
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    Re: Tunisian president toppled after 23 years

    I wouldn't be surprised if the exile will be in France... popular destination for former dictators from former French colonies...

    As for elections, I won't hold my breath, but hopefully they will be able to put together a semblance of a free and fair election...
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    Re: Tunisian president toppled after 23 years

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised if the exile will be in France... popular destination for former dictators from former French colonies...
    Surprisingly, his exile in France was not granted. Ben Ali has landed in Saudi Arabia last night.

    Here's that bringing democracy thing for you.
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    Re: Behind Tunisia Unrest, Rage Over Wealth of Ruling Family

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    Re: Tunisian president toppled after 23 years

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    So there is the possibility that the catalyst for this was Wikileaks, hopefully the same can happen in other repressive regimes.
    Tunisia has one of the most censored media/internet presences in the world. I doubt that very many Tunisians have even heard of Wikileaks, much less that it was the catalyst for this.
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