Interim leader sees 'democracy for all children of Tunis'
January 15th, 2011
02:42 PM ET

Interim leader sees 'democracy for all children of Tunis'

Tunisia's acting president on Saturday called for "a new phase" in his embattled land, envisioning "a better political life which will include democracy, plurality and active participation for all the children of Tunis."

Fouad Mebazaa was sworn in as the country's acting leader Saturday after Tunisia's longtime authoritarian president and his family took refuge in Saudi Arabia, a flight sparked by days of angry street protests against the government.

Speaking on national TV, Mebazaa, who had been the country's parliamentary speaker, promised to ensure the nation's "stability," respect its constitution and "pursue the best interest of the nation."

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  1. Yaku

    A continental war is the rise in africa. It could be the most nastiest war in all of africa, but the price to true self-determination. Many elections will prove costly unless things turn out right.

    January 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. myklds

    @Yaku..the natiest warmonger... "nastiest" is the nastiest already, adding the comparative word "most" makes it redundant.

    With its new leader I hope everything will turn out well for the country.

    January 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Liberationfingers

    boy i see a moron.. Here. Africa you say? Mexico is not canada. Funny how you know so little about either one.

    January 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel

    What Tunisia needs is not some kind of bougeois "democracy",but a Communist revolution! And it needs to quit catering to the so-called "Western Democracies" and chart it's own course.

    January 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |

    Screw you Daniel. Western Democracies RULE!!!!!!!!!! YEAH BABY!

    January 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Spoken like a true,hateful,ignorant Tea Partier but how long will the so-called "Western Democracies" continue their stranglehold on the third world? That is the question.

      January 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Yaku

    @toadfish: its sad you're such a blind slave. Try to cross to the other side and you'll learn why people are against the west. U'd be their captain demanding our fed and its allies to stop the reasons that makes women and children to kill themselves. Its not religious, it's the injustice in the book of your western democracy. Democracy is a myth that covers the evil strategics by which rich lobyists get what they wants through congress. If u love this country like most of us, join us and stop cheering for all the reasons that make our country the capital of hell congress has made it into for their own interest! Good people don't allow evil in their own house. Wake up!

    January 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Yaku

    @Mykld: i din't get your post. Did u refere to me as a warmonger? If so, i chosed the idea of zero agression some 8yrs ago. Thanks to david thoreaux, m. Gandhi and dr king's works and accomplisments. I see wars on the rise in africa because of africom and the un presence on the ground. They want regimes change in the favor of europeans and americans riches companies. Everything is planed to happen by corupting elections' results or using military forces with the un leading the way to recolonization of africa for its resources. If Africans win at the ballot, their leaders will face santions, coup detats, until the western lobyists have it their way. Look at the middle east, liberia, zimbabwe, and most recentlt the ivory coast. What do u see going on?

    January 15, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      What I see now and hope for is a better Tunisia.

      And YES! you are a nothing but a WARMONGER!

      January 16, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    My puppy is named Yaku.

    January 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    Tunisians will start fighting among themselves, and that one, the new acting president will probably wont last too long. Look what happen to Iraq when Saddam lost power. Usually when a dictator is replaced various factions of the people will rise that were otherwise control and civil war erupt.

    January 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Yaku

    @cesar: good for u! Do have any idea what yaku is? Focus on this story though!

    January 16, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ike

    Africa is not strategically important to the U.S.

    January 16, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    The people of Tunis need a good economy for democracy to flourish. Yaku should understand this, I hope.

    January 16, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Yaku

    @cesar: u can't grow a flower by pouring hot water on it. Throughout world history, that's what the west, with the helps of the UN been doing to africa and middle east. U think they want the best for africans/tunisians? They will kill everyone in tunisia just to get what they want. If you're not that fate, then wake up, read and observe the ways of the lying thief before he takes your balls! Santions, assassinations, and wars against real leaders and their people is all we've got in exchange for richer nations natural resources. The west has only papers and death (guns), nothing else. Thats why our govt corupt and steal africans and ME natural resources on red rivers. SMH

    January 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Yaku

    @ike: u must be a nigeria; aren't u? If you're, wake up and start reading world history at least. Done, u can talk and see if africa is not important for the west. Read a little about africom, research the un's mission and tell me africa is not doomed for wars ahead. Study the cause of the liberian civil war, while u at it. U wake up too and dig for justice! @myklds: i've put my life down for peace and for the good of others. I want the best for every nation because we're all humans. Thats why im against injustice done to other people. I dont fight, nor do i support wars. Check for definition on warmonger before u use it!

    January 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      @Yaku..let's oo back to your first post and I quote "A continental war is the rise in africa. It could be the most nastiest war in all of africa, but the price to true self-determination. Many elections will prove costly unless things turn out right."

      And your saying you've put your life for peace? And you've the skin to say that you're against war while your whining about a "most nastiest war". That's pretty ironic.

      Tunisia is arguably "crisis-ridden" but yet to see the "most nastiest war" that you've been whining.

      Keep advocating peace while whining about wars the "MOST NASTIEST war". Good Luck to you!

      I couldn't believe I'm commenting in the dead thread just because of a "MOST NASTIEST" warmonger who is trying hard to con as peace advocate.

      January 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |