16 Jan '11, 10pm

Arab world comes to terms with Tunisian leader's toppling by Facebook-organised youth

CAIRO - The stunning collapse of Tunisia's long-ruling President's regime on Friday brought cheers from the streets and a flood of messages on Middle East websites over the weekend with one overriding question: Could it happen next in Egypt or other iron-fist regimes in the region? There is little doubt that Tunisia's people-power uprising - a potent mix of economic gripes and demands for political freedoms - will embolden similar calls in a region dominated by authoritarian leaders and ruling monarchs such as Tunisia's President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who ruled for 23 years, Protesters in Cairo mocked Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and trade union activists in Jordan chanted: "Tunisia is teaching us a lesson." Messages congratulating the Tunisian people also flooded the Internet in the latest example of the Web's powerful role in galvanising and organising political m...

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