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Pro-Bahrain, Algeria, Libya solidarity march sees low turnout

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Nearly a dozen protesters gathered Thursday afternoon outside the Algerian embassy in Zamalek in a show of solidarity with the uprisings of the people of Libya, Bahrain and Algeria. The protest saw a low turnout though it was announced on Facebook a few days earlier. Organizer Maisara Omar, a child development trainer, …

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Arab officials say reform only answer to unrest

By Amena Bakr/Reuters DAVOS: Reforms are needed across the Arab world to address angry citizens’ demands for a better standard of living after protests in Tunisia and Egypt, Arab officials attending the Davos World Economic Forum said on Wednesday. A Saudi royal family member said the recent ousting of Tunisia’s longtime ruler after weeks of …

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An Arab spring?

By Dominique Moisi PARIS: Is Tunisia the first Arab authoritarian domino to fall? Or is it a unique case that should not be viewed as a precedent for either the Arab world in general or the Maghreb in particular? The region’s dictators have sought to dismiss the “Jasmine Revolution,” but the spark that started in …

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Tunisia can be a model for democratic transformation in Arab world, say experts

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: The Tunisian revolution challenged stereotypes of the stagnant political scene associated with the Arab world and can now set a model for democratic transformation for the region, a roundtable discussion concluded Sunday. Speaking at the discussion held at the Arab Alternatives Forum for Political Studies, experts hailed the role of the …

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Egyptians should copy Tunisian revolt: ElBaradei

By AFP BERLIN: Opponents of Egypt’s long-running regime should be able to follow the lead set by the toppling of Tunisia’s veteran president, leading opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei said in comments released Saturday. “If the Tunisians have done it, Egyptians should get there too,” the former UN nuclear watchdog chief told Der Spiegel for an …

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After Tunisia, change in Egypt ‘inevitable’: ElBaradei

By AFP VIENNA: A regime change in Egypt is “inevitable” following the popular uprising in Tunisia, Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei said Tuesday. “It is inevitable. Change must come,” ElBaradei told the Austrian news agency APA in an interview. Last week, veteran Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced to flee the country …

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Egypt susceptible to Tunisia-style revolt

By Tamim Elyan and Abdel-Rahman Hussein CAIRO: One outcome of the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia has been the expectancy that similar civil revolts might be replicated throughout the region, as the autocratic rule and economic ills that spurred protest in Tunisia are very much apparent in various other Arab countries. Following Tunisia’s recent revolution, Egypt …

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Arab activists hope Tunisia events inspire change

By Hadeel Al-Shalchi / AP CAIRO: Celebrations over the Tunisian president’s ouster spread Saturday as the popular uprising raised hopes throughout the Arab world that it could inspire pressures for reforms across a region dominated by authoritative regimes. But while Middle East leaders may face bolder calls for change — such as chants against Egypt’s …

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Sudan’s Turabi says Tunisia-style unrest ‘likely’

By Simon Martelli/ AFP KHARTOUM: Sudanese Islamist opposition leader Hassan Al-Turabi said Monday that a Tunisia-style uprising is “likely” in the north amid mounting economic woes and fears over the looming secession of the south. In an interview with AFP, Turabi, a one-time key mentor turned bitter opponent of President Omar Al-Bashir, warned that if …

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Egypt says fear of Tunisia-style revolt ‘nonsense’

By AFP SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Sunday downplayed fear that a Tunisian-style popular revolt could spread to other Arab countries, calling it “nonsense.” “The talk about the spread of what happened in Tunisia to other countries is nonsense. Each society has its own circumstances,” Aboul Gheit told reporters on the …

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Tunisian foreign minister to brief Arab leaders

By AP CAIRO: Tunisia’s foreign minister will brief Arab leaders meeting in Egypt this week on the upheaval surrounding the Tunisian president’s ouster. Kamal Merjan will attend the Arab Economic Summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Shiekh on Wednesday. Arab League Deputy Secretary-General Ahmed Ben Heli says Merjan will update the leaders on …

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Ismailia man sets himself ablaze in central Cairo

By Hamza Hendawi /AP CAIRO: An Egyptian man set himself on fire Monday outside the country’s parliament building in central Cairo in an apparent protest, security officials said. The incident appeared to be an attempt to copy the self-immolation last month of a 26-year-old Tunisian, whose death triggered the protests that have toppled Tunisia’s authoritarian …

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Mixed reactions flood Egypt’s streets following Tunisian revolution

By Farah Yousry CAIRO: As jokes comparing the Egyptian regime with its Tunisia counterpart abounded on the streets, serious open discussion of a potential revolution in Egypt was harder to find. Cautious happiness was the best description of the most prevalent sentiment on Egypt’s streets after Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s president for over …

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ANALYSIS: Tunisia’s ‘Jasmine revolution’ jolts Arab world

By Christophe de Roquefeuil /AFP CAIRO: The ousting of Tunisia’s president after violent protests is a stark warning to authoritarian regimes across the Arab world, whose people have long voiced similar grievances, analysts said. A joke making the rounds in Egypt shortly after the news that the Tunisian leader, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, had …

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Security prevents activists, opposition from reaching Tunisian embassy

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Police forces prevented Sunday dozens of former MPs, activists and opposition leaders from reaching the Tunisian embassy in the central Zamalek neighborhood. Following a press conference held at Al-Wafd opposition party that announced the formation of a public parliament, dozens of opposition leaders and activists headed to Zamalek in a bid …

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Algerian dies in self-immolation, echoing Tunisia

By Lamine Chikhi/ Reuters ALGIERS: A man has died after setting himself on fire at a government building in Algeria, state radio reported on Sunday, echoing the self-immolation that triggered the protests that toppled the leader of neighboring Tunisia. Mohsen Bouterfif doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire on Thursday after a meeting …

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Tunisia on edge after protests force out president

By Dario Thuburn /AFP TUNIS: Tunisia was on edge Saturday after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ended his 23 years of iron-fisted rule by fleeing a wave of deadly social protests in the first such departure for an Arab leader. The Constitutional council declared the head of state had “definitively” left power and appointed …

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Embattled Tunisian president sacks government

By Mohamed Hasni and Hamida Ben Salah / AFP TUNIS: Tunisian President Zein El Abidine Ben Ali fired his government and declared a state of emergency Friday as escalating protests against his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists. Only hours after Ben Ali vowed on state television that he would stand down …

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