Arab Precedent: Tunisian Protests Oust President
He apparently flees country after weeks of unrest
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2011 1:56 PM CST
Prime Minister of Tunisia Mohammed Ghannouchi appears on state television Friday.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Tunisia President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has resigned amid riots that have claimed at least 23 lives, the BBC reports. Ben Ali had dissolved the government and promised to quit in 2014, but his delay tactic was apparently not enough for the disgruntled Tunisian populace, fed up after 23 years of the president's rule. According to unconfirmed reports, Ben Ali has fled the country.

Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi will serve as interim president. He promised in a televised announcement to "respect the law and to carry out the political, economic and social reforms that have been announced." A BBC analyst says it's historic that the population of an Arab nation has risen up to force the resignation of an autocrat—and that the Tunisian riots could set a tumultuous precedent for the Muslim world.

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not my real name
Jan 16, 2011 2:55 AM CST
A BBC analyst says it's historic that the population of an Arab nation has risen up to force the resignation of an autocrat—and that the Tunisian riots could set a tumultuous precedent for the Muslim world. What the hell is this guy talking about. Iranian Revolution 1979. The Iranian people rose up to over throw the Shah. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi a member of the iranian monarchy, an autocrat! When revolutions happen in the Arabic world. You always end up with a more theocratic form of government. When is this BBC analyst going to help force the resignation of his autocrat the Queen of England: "As a constitutional monarch, the Queen is limited to non-partisan functions such as bestowing honors, dissolving Parliament and appointing the Prime Minister. Though the ultimate executive authority over the government of the United Kingdom is still by and through the monarch's royal prerogative." Yikes
Spudsy
Jan 14, 2011 4:50 PM CST
"and that the Tunisian riots could set a tumultuous precedent for the Muslim world. ------- And a bad omen for us and our oil use if the religious loons ever get the upper hand in Saudi Arabia like they did in Iran, Afghanistan and soon, Iraq.
editorbwis
Jan 14, 2011 3:02 PM CST
I guess it's this what Palin wants.