Tunisian dies after setting self ablaze
Tunis – A jobless man who set fire to himself in the Tunisian capital died in hospital on Wednesday, a development which could provoke renewed anger against the Islamist-led government.
Adel Kedhri, 27, set himself on fire in the centre of Tunis on Tuesday.
“This young man is already dead’’, a medical source in Mourouj Hospital told Reuters.
The act recalled the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, whose death in December 2010 led to a revolt in Tunisia that spread across the Arab world.
The economic and social problems that fuelled Tunisia’s uprising have yet to be solved in a country now deeply polarised between Islamists and their opponents and still awaiting a new constitution to advance a transition from autocracy.
Kedhri’s death occurred while Prime Minister-designate Ali Larayedh sought a confidence vote for his new Islamist-led government from the National Constituent Assembly.
“This incident shows the desperation,’’ parliamentary speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar said during an assembly session.
Kedhri set himself ablaze outside the municipal theatre in the capital’s Habib Bourguiba Avenue, the focus for protests that toppled President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali two years ago.
Several Tunisians have immolated themselves in the past two years in protests emulating that of Bouazizi, a street vendor who torched himself in the town of Sidi Bouzid after a policewoman confiscated his fruit cart.
Bouazizi’s death led to protests that ended with Ben Ali’s overthrow and inspired rebellions elsewhere in the Middle East
Ali Larayedh said on Tuesday that unemployment, rising prices and providing security for all Tunisians will be the new
government’s priorities. Reuters/NAN