What is the state of democracy in Tunisia, the birth place of the Arab Spring, ten years on? We spoke to Tunisia's first democratic president, Dr. Moncef Marzouki.
It has been ten years since the revolutions and uprisings of the Arab spring swept the Middle East and Northern Africa. The starting point of these protests was given in Tunisia in the small town of Sidi Bouzid, where a local vendor, Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself on fire to protest against the injustices and humiliations of the police state. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in protest after his death and, after 24 years, sounded the end of the Ben Ali regime. We spoke on Tunisia's transition to democracy and the legacy of the Jasmine revolution to Dr. Moncef Marzouki, a prominent human rights activist and the first president of a democratic Tunisia. It was under his leadership that a new democratic constitution was drafted and the path towards democratic elections was paved.