Tunisia’s Jasmine revolution on January 14th, 2011 marked the first successful experience to overthrow a dictatorial regime throughout a non – violent popular revolution.
The anger of the Tunisians, deprived of their political, economical and social rights, started with the desperate act of a fruit and vegetables salesman from Sidi Bouzid, Mohammed Bouazizi, age 26 years, who set himself on fire on December 17th, 2010 after the police having confiscated its goods.
Tunisia, one of the most advanced nations in Africa, is again in the focus of the international attention as it is preparing for its first democratically and historical elections – for a National Constituent Assembly that will be in charge of drawing a new Constitution and mapping out the transition from dictatorship to democracy, dignity, freedom and justice.
The elections of October 23rd, 2011 will mark the end of a difficult period of ten months – particularly on the political, economical and social level.
At the end of these elections, the National Constituent Assembly will lay down the foundations of the 2nd Republic, which has been for a long time delayed. The Tunisians require the implementation of a system that will protect the future generations from returning into tyranny emphasizing on: freedom of expression and press, an independent judiciary power, a restoration of a balanced development between regions and a job creation for the young people.
From its independence in 1956, Tunisia focused towards a relatively strong policy in building a significant economy. Moreover, it also developed an important, educated middle class and a progressive society where the woman benefits of a privileged status.
Like in most Arab countries, the need for change in Tunisia is being led by a large population of young educated people who no longer accept the compromise of economic stability in exchange for the political repression – the Tunisians aspire to the prosperity as well as to the democracy, freedom and justice. The most important is that everybody should take into consideration the peoples’ aspirations in order to live in dignity and in freedom in order to answer to their expectations for the establishment of a free democratic society.
As the UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban ki-moon stated, following the meeting with the Tunisian interim Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi in Tunis, on the 22nd of March 2011, the “Tunisian people are working hard to build upon what they have achieved recently through the Jasmine Revolution, a revolution that came from the streets, from the common people, from young people, men and women. (…) The Tunisian model has been impacting the countries across the region.”
Today, Tunisia can give to the Arab world and to the whole world as well, not only the example of a peaceful popular revolution, without leadership, but also a model of a successful democratic Arab State.