Tunisia Revolution

By: Mark, Daniel, Cali, Aisha

1. History of the protests

a. When did protests begin?

-They began on December 18, 2010.

b. What were/are people protesting?

-wanted jobs and a better standard of life.

c. How did the government respond?

-People are protesting a lot of things...they want freedom, employment, and they don't want to feel neglected. The government ignored then at first,but eventually, they gave in and the prime minister resigned.

d. What has been the result?

-The result has been the prime minister has resigned and the people have been heard. The revolution also resulted in many deaths. Tunisians also get to vote in the country's first free and fair election, and they will be electing a national Constituent Assembly, which will be charged with writing the rules of the new political era.

2. Today

a. What is happening in your country now?

-Recently Tunisia passed their new constitution, with 200 out of 216 of the Tunisia National Constituent Assembly voting to approve the new document. The new constitution will open the way to a new democratic era.

b. Who is in charge of the government?

-Their current ruler is Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

c. Will there be elections? If so, when?
-There will be elections and they are scheduled for October 23 to decide a new ruler because many people are upset with Ben Ali's ways.

d. What key challenges does the country face today?
-Today Islamists and secularists are fighting over the appointment of a new ruler.

3. The international community

a. Have international organizations (for example, the Arab League, the UN, or NATO) or other countries been involved in events in your country? If so, how?

-The un stepped in just trying to resolve the conflict and keep people safe.

b. What has been the position of the United States on the events in your country?

-Applauded the courage and dignity of protesting Tunisians. He urged all parties to keep calm and avoid violence.

4. How would you characterize what has happened in your country? Would you call it a revolution?

I would call what happened in Tunisia a revolution, even though it only lasted 3 weeks and 6 days in 2010.They completely overthrew their prime minister Ben Ali, and now have a democracy.