Friday, January 14, 2011

Tunisia revolt: president flees

Events do occasionally get ahead of the blogger. I've been meaning to write something about the Tunisian revolt for a while now, but the masses have preempted me. The matter has been brought to a most satisfactory interim conclusion with the overthrow of the president:

Tunisia's president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled his country tonight after weeks of mass protests culminated in a victory for people power over one of the Arab world's most repressive regimes.

Ben Ali was variously reported to be in Malta, France and Saudi Arabia at the end of an extraordinary day which had seen the declaration of a state of emergency, the evacuation of tourists of British and other nationalities, and an earthquake for the authoritarian politics of the Middle East and north Africa.

Analysis to follow.