Hot off the Arab Press
ByTHE MEDIA LINE
January 17, 2013 14:33
A short roundup of the latest Middle East news.
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.