Thousands of Tunisians celebrated the one-year anniversary of their uprising that ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in peaceful demonstrations.
In the Tunis capital, Tunisia’s leaders and Arab dignitaries joined its people to commemorate the month-long uprising that killed more than 200 people, the Associated Press reported.
The Tunisian revolution that started last December was caused by discontent over high unemployment, corruption and lack of political freedoms that led to the most historic wave of social and political unrest in Tunisia in 30 years.
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Tunisia’s uprising also sparked the Arab Spring – the wave of political unrest that have gripped much of the Middle East.
The newly formed government made up of a human rights activist Moncef Marzouki as president and moderate Islamist Hamadi Jebali as prime minister is now faced with the task of strengthening a shaken economy and addressing the country’s 20 percent unemployment rate.
A government might have been toppled, but many Tunisians are still concerned over the future of their nation. Four people set themselves on fire last week mostly protesting continued joblessness, GlobalPost reported.
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Although Ben Ali no longer is in power, remnants of his cash, equities and property amounting to to billions of dollars remain elusive, the Washington Post reported.
The Ministry of State Property and the Finance Ministry in Tunisia have held his assets that are in the country but portions remain abroad in as much as 12 countries, including the US,, Britain and France, according to the Post.
The government have yet to announce a formal plan to handle with the former dictator’s last remnants.