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Analysis: N. African state set off a region-wide revolution, but can it also serve as an example of tolerant, forward-leaning governance?
The match that set the Arab world ablaze was lit in Tunisia.
A fruit vendor, wronged and humiliated by corrupt officials, set himself on fire in the central city of Sidi Bouzid on December 17. The man died two weeks later, but by then the fire had swept into the capital Tunis, and by the end of January, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali had fled the country after 23 years in power….