The Arab Spring: Results in Different Arab Countries Essay

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In the Arab world in late 2010, starting in Tunisia and flowering in Egypt, a movement of people depressed by their governments, corrupt leaders and a lack of jobs that at once felt safe to take to the streets. The Arab Spring began when a young Tunisian man set himself on fire to protest government corruption and poor economic conditions. This action inspired a surge of protests across Tunisia, which ultimately resulted in the ousting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power.
The success of the political uprising in Tunisia give rise to similar unrest throughout much of the Arab World and Middle East, remarkably within Libya, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, and Yemen. To date, the leaders of Egypt, Libya, and Yemen have also been deposed.
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(Gelvin, 2)

Forms of government in the Arab World
Different forms of government are represented in the Arab World: Some of the countries are monarchies: Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The other Arab countries are all republics.

Political, economic, and social conditions in the Arab world on the eve of the Arab Spring
Political conditions
In the Arab world, most Arab government presented themselves as the only bulwark standing between the citizenry and Islamism or chaos. In addition, countries like: Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Jordan are tightly restricted the formation of political parties; formation of any new party had to be authorized by governments. In Gulf States and Libya the political parties are simply banned. (Gelvin, 6) With the exception of the Palestinian Authority and Lebanon democratic elections throughout the Arab World are generally viewed as compromised, due to definite vote rigging, intimidation of opposition parties, and severe constraints on civil liberties and political dissent. In general, when it came to civil liberties, political rights, and independence of media, countries in this region ranked below the international mean. (7) Overall, one can say when it came to the quality of political life, not one Arab state provided a high standard of human welfare to its people. Political conditions in the Arab world were without doubt a contributing factor for

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