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By THE MEDIA LINE
January 17, 2013 14:33

A short roundup of the latest Middle East news.

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Spraypainted faces of Mubarak, Tantawi

Spraypainted faces of Mubarak, Tantawi 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Amr Dalsh)

A MODEST CELEBRATION OF THE TUNISIAN REVOLUTION
Al-Quds Al-Arabi editorial, London, January 14

The second anniversary of the Tunisian revolution was celebrated in muted tones Monday, amid concerns about the country’s economic and political future. Ousted president Zine El Abadine Ben Ali’s legacy of corruption is making it harder to solve Tunisia’s problems. The internal-political split between the liberal/secular parties and the religious ones threatens national unity and perhaps even the country’s stability. Nonetheless, the coalition between the Islamic Revolution movement and two liberal parties continues to hold up. The conflict between Salafi Muslims and the moderate Renaissance Movement over implementing Islamic Shari’a law in the country is intensifying. While the economic crisis is less dangerous than expected, 850,000 Tunisians are still unemployed, raising cause for concern but not pessimism over the Tunisian economy’s ability to recover.

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