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Seven years after Arab Spring, Tunisia’s future uncertain

Seven years after Arab Spring, Tunisia’s future uncertain

Today, Tunisia is still struggling to achieve democratic reforms and economic growth.
One of them was Anis Amri, the man behind last year’s attack on the Christmas market in Berlin.
The primary concern for Tunisia’s citizens and politicians is the dire economic situation in this country of 11 million people. “We will speed up repatriation,” Merkel promised, “but then we will also help people arriving [back in Tunisia].”
And even the best advice is of little use when there are hardly any jobs for the young Tunisian population.
Seven years after the uprisings for “work, freedom and dignity,” as the slogan declared, many young Tunisians feel that, beyond freedom of expression, they have gained little from the revolution.
Democracy dragging its feet Tunisians are still waiting, for example, for the constitutional court to be set up, although according to the new constitution it should have already started its work in 2015.
They’ve been waiting just as long for local elections to take place.
Their reasons for attempting the crossing are mostly of a social and economic nature, rooted in the sense that there are no prospects for them in their homeland, said Valentin Bonnefoy from FTDES.
With the economic situation continuing to deteriorate and the government concentrating on security issues, democratic change is proceeding at a snail’s pace.

Leaders in the Arab Spring era: Where are they now?

Leaders in the Arab Spring era: Where are they now?

The killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh by Houthi rebels on Monday marks the end of another Arab leader deposed by the Arab Spring protests.
On January 25, 2011, the country erupted in protest against the government of Hosni Mubarak.
Mubarak was president from October 1981 to February 2011, when he resigned following weeks of massive protests and a military crackdown that killed more than 800 unarmed protesters.
Mubarak was tried on multiple charges after his resignation.
The sentence was overturned in January 2013, and a retrial was ordered.
Bashar al-Assad of Syria – still president after years of war Syria’s civil uprising against the rule of Bashar al-Assad, similar to those of Tunisia and Egypt, began in March 2011.
Al-Assad remains in Damascus after years of civil war that killed over 400,000 and displaced over 10 million, both internally and outside Syria.
It appears the Syrian president will remain in power, though Syria’s political future is yet to be decided.
Muammar Gaddafi of Libya – killed by rebels In addition to Yemen’s Saleh, the only other leader deposed by the Arab Spring protests to be killed was Muammar Gaddafi.
Libya has sunk deeper into conflict since Gaddafi’s death, with an all-out civil war beginning in 2014.