Tunisia is marking the one-year anniversary of the revolution that ended the dictatorship of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked uprisings around the Arab world with prudent optimism.
Worries over continued high unemployment cast a shadow over Tunisians’ pride at transforming their country. Now a human rights activist is president, and a moderate Islamist jailed for years by the old regime is prime minister at the head of a diverse coalition.
The death of a fruit vendor who set himself on fire prompted protests that spread around Tunisia, unleashing years of pent-up frustration and anger. Under pressure from the street, Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 14.
Leading Arab dignitaries are joining Tunisia’s leaders to commemorate Saturday’s anniversary.