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Tunisia holds first municipal elections since Arab Spring

International | Analysts say the vote could resolve growing dissatisfaction with democracy
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/08/18, 01:16 pm

Tunisians on Sunday voted in municipal elections for the first time since the 2011 Arab Spring revolution. Despite low voter turnout amid widespread economic dissatisfaction, analysts believe the elections could serve as a significant step in Tunisia’s move toward full democracy. 

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Tunisia arrests protesters, deploys army amid unrest

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/11/18, 11:07 am

Officials in Tunisia arrested more than 300 protesters and deployed the army to several cities across the country in response to violent anti-government demonstrations that began Monday. The Tunisian government on Jan. 1 increased taxes on gasoline, internet access, and some food in a bid to curb the country’s growing deficit. But protesters complained about the high prices while so many continue to battle unemployment and low salaries. Troops were deployed to the town of Thala, near the Algerian border, after protesters burned down the national security building, witnesses said.

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Burmese leader brushes aside global criticism

International | Aung San Suu Kyi responds benignly to accusations of ethnic cleansing
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/19/17, 05:26 pm

Leader Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, also called Burma, on Tuesday said her country did not fear international scrutiny even as the United Nations and other international observers accused its military of ethnic cleansing.

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