Tunisia’s Saied says he’ll change anniversary of revolution

President says anniversary to mark the start of the rebellion, slightly than the deposing of former dictator Ben Ali.

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied has mentioned that he intends to move the official anniversary of the nation’s revolution, a symbolic shift suggesting that the revolt is unfinished.

Tunisia’s rebellion broke out on December 17, 2010, when Mohamed Bouazizi, a vegetable salesman angered by police harassment, set himself ablaze within the marginalised rural city of Sidi Bouzid.

Four weeks later, after huge nationwide protests, veteran longtime ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled into exile on January 14, which later grew to become an official day of remembrance and a public vacation.

But Saied advised his cupboard on Thursday that he would order the vacation moved to December 17, the day “the revolutionary explosion burst out of Sidi Bouzid”.

“Unfortunately the revolution was usurped,” he added. “The people were even prevented from expressing their desires and slogans.”

Saied sacked the federal government and seized wide-ranging powers on July 25. His strikes appeared to take pleasure in widespread recognition, with 1000’s of his supporters taking to the streets to rejoice the sacking of the prime minister and suspension of parliament.

However, a number of outstanding politicians have been arrested and lots of have confronted travel bans, whereas a former president living exterior Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki, faces prosecution for his verbal assaults on Saied.

Saied’s help can also be waning amongst massive segments of civil society, together with teams that originally backed his energy seize.

Since 2011, January 14 has been a public vacation throughout Tunisia – besides in Sidi Bouzid, which marks the revolution yearly on December 17 in homage to Bouazizi.