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Tunisia declares Dec. 17 national holiday to mark 2011 uprising


<p>Tunisia’s president Kais Saeid on Tuesday commemorated the start of the 2011 uprising that toppled former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, vowing to honour the demands of the revolution. </p> <p>Saied, an independent academic has made few statements since he took office in November. He took over from the Caid Beji Essebsi government that took over after Ben Ali was ousted.</p> <p>“Despite the manipulations of opponents and the conspiracies that are prepared in the dark, I will meet your demands, all your demands. You asked for freedom, you will have it. You also asked for dignity,” the president told teeming citizens.</p> <p>He promised to realise the key demands of the revolution — freedom, work and dignity – within the “framework of the constitution and with legitimacy.”</p> <p>Saied also announced that December 17 will henceforth be a national holiday in the country.</p>
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