Will Ousting of Tunisia’s President Spark Revolution in Other Arab Countries?
January 15, 2011
(ChattahBox World News) – Rocked by weeks of riots that claimed dozens of lives, over unemployment and corruption, Tunisia’s President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali fled the country he’d ruled with an iron fist for 23 years, on Friday. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi first announced on state television that he had taken control of the North African country. But on Saturday, Tunisia’s Constitutional Council named speaker of Tunisia’s parliament, Foued Mbazaa, 77, interim president. The council also said that fresh presidential elections would have to be held within 60 days. Al Jazeera reports looting and unrest continue to plague Tunisia on Saturday. Observers wonder if the populist uprising, which is unprecedented in modern Arab history, perhaps has broken a psychological barrier in other countries in the region with authoritarian regimes. Countries, like Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, and Iran, share similar social and economic problems to those in Tunisia. Zine El Abedine Ben Ali, 74, despite his tyrannical police state ways, was considered pro-United States. He has fled to Saudi Arabia, which also suffers from high unemployment among the youth of the Arab nation, under King Abdullah, who is now in his eighties.