Tunisia and the Arab Spring
By Justice Simmons
The protests began in December 2010 against economic hardship, autocratic rule and corruption. Ben Ali, President of Tunisia, resigned in January 2011, and was sentenced to life in prison. Tunisia held its first democratic parliamentary elections, where Moncet Marzouki was elected, and started a draft for a new constitution.
Efforts to complete the draft constitution have been opposed because of problems between Ennahda and its secular rivals due to an assassination of two politicians. Mehdi Jomaa was appointed as prime minister, until the new constitution can be finished and a new leader elected. Tunisia needs to finish the constitution, keep peace between the two political parties, and elect a new leader with a stable government.
No international organizations have been involved in Tunisia events, although the United States continues strong relations with Tunisia and its revolutionaries in the fight against terrorism. Tunisia was actually the first Arab Sprig country to successfully expel their pro-Western dictatorial government. This would be a revolution, because Tunisia overthrew their government in favor of a new system.