11/03/2011

March 7 to 11, 2011

– Kuwait faces a major anti-government demonstration (Le Koweit confronté à une importante manifestation anti-gouvernementale)
09/03/2011 – RFI

The Emirate of Kuwait has lived on March 8 a major demonstration of political discontent. In front of a government building in the square of the capital, named for the occasion « Change Square », a thousand Kuwaitis gathered to demand the departure of Prime Minister, accused of incompetence, and political reforms.

– After the protests, Mohammed VI promised reforms in Morocco (Après les manifs, Mohammed VI promet des réformes au Maroc)
10/03/2011 – Rue 89

King Mohammed VI announced on Wednesday March 9, 2011 a constitutional reform aiming in particular to strengthen the status of the Premier and the « expansion of individual liberties. » The Prime Minister will be appointed, following the coming constitution, within the « political party that came out of elections » and not appointed by the sovereign. This speech of the King was the first delivered first since the events of 20 February to demand « political reforms ».

– Tunisia: Third Interim Government to manage the transition (Tunisie: troisième gouvernement provisoire pour gérer la transition)
07/03/2011 – L’Express

Exit the last ministers inherited from the deposed President Ben Ali, Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi, formed on Monday March 7, 2011 a government composed of technocrats whose primary mission is security and economy. The new authorities immediately gave another strong signal by announcing the dissolution of the Directorate for territorial Security and the political police that imposed a reign of terror during the 23 years of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali power.

– Libya: Westerners in search of a common position (Libye: les Occidentaux à la recherche d’une position commune)
10/03/2011 – RTBF

Diplomatic negotiations to establish a no-fly zone over Libya are complex. Two important meetings were scheduled this week in Brussels within the European Union and NATO, to try to find a common position on Libya.

– The resistance is growing also in Saudi Arabia 09/03/2011 – Slate

The seeds of rebellion are present in Saudi Arabia. Nearly 40% of Saudis between 20 and 24 are unemployed. A succession of scandals has revealed the degree of corruption and nepotism in state institutions. But if at the time when the Saudis were poor and lagging behind in education, aspirations and infrastructure, oil cured all social ills, today, the Saudis have other aspirations. They are young, educated, connected and can express themselves. Above all, they are aware of social and political demands that have shaken the Arab world’s authoritarian regimes. Moreover, attempts to calm the protesters no longer seem sufficient. The public wants to be represented in political life and count in economic life. . These aspirations are important to follow as it is when Saudi Arabia will revolt that the Arab world and its relations with the West will be disrupted forever.