TUNISIA: BIRTH PAINS OF DEMOCRACY





The popular movement which began in Tunisia in 2011 had toppled the oppressive regime which had been in power for 30 years and had inspired other Arab peoples, leading to the Arab Spring. After the events which were set in motion with a young man named Ali Bouazizi setting himself on fire in protest, Ben Ali, who had ruled the country with an iron fist like his predecessor Bourgiba had to flee the country. After this almost bloodless revolution, Tunisia decided to transform to democracy. However, we have already witnessed that the uprising which began in Tunisia spreading out over the Arab world has not delivered the expected results. Although there were regime changes in countries other than Tunisia, these did not proceed bloodlessly and in calm as it did in Tunisia. While the regime change which occurred in Egypt after major clashes led to a military coup, in Libya it led to a bloody civil war. While the Gaddafi regime was toppled in the civil war, the strife still continues over the distribution of power among various opposition groups. So the uprising which brought spring to Tunisia brought black winter to Egypt, Libya and Syria. And just as the rebellion in Tunisia affected other countries in a similar direction, now the chaos which has engulfed the region affects Tunisia in its path towards democracy.By Hüseyin Sinan GülerYou can read the rest of the article on our issue of Agust