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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 THE ARAB SPRING A Presidential Timeline of U.S. Involvement Much of the original crisis was sparked by a wikileaks release about the reality of the Tunisian president's corruption. Mubarak breaks his silence post-resignation to give a public address defending himself against accusations of billion-dollar theft from Egyptian coffers and other acts of corruption. Despite this address, his old age. and his heart condition, Mubarak was detained for questioning pending investigation. June Switzerland Identifies Dictators' Assets Elected Assembly Holds Inaugural Session January Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali is Ousted Increased tensions after weeks of mass protests resulted in the forceful resignation of Tunisia's president of 24 years. Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia, and Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi took over as interim president. April May Hosni Mubarak Vows to Stand Down President Mubarak originally refused to resign after a violent demonstration against his presidency, but after further explicit protest he resolved to stand down at the next election. However, Mubarak ended up being forced to resign pre-election because the protests were too extreme. February Swiss banks identified $1 billion worth of assets to be frozen belonging to the leader of Lybia as well as ousted presidents Hosni Mubarakand Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Deposed Dictator Denies Corruption November Sentenced to Jail August Military rulers announced Egypt's first parliamentary elections since Mubarak was ousted. The interim leadership promised civiliansa democratic paradigm shift in the political and economic power of Egypt. September While most of the Middle East remained chaotic, Tunisia's democratically elected assembly held its first session 10 months post-evacuation of Ben Ali. The new Tunisian presidentbegan the inaugural session by leading a Muslim prayer inremembrance of those who died during the revolution. Mubarak Goes to Court In the Summer of 2011, Hosni Mubarak was issued a trial on the charges ofeconomic corruption, illegal business deals, and the unlawful killing of protesters, October First Parliamentary Elections since Mubarak TUNISIA EGYPT From Dictatorship to Democracy In June 2011, the former Tunisian president was found guilty of theft and possessionof large sums of foreign currency. He and his wife were sentenced to 35 years in prison. After being the first country to throw off its dictator, Tunisiawas the focus of international attention. The country prepareditself for full media coverage of a historic election for an assemblythat would eventually write Tunisia's new constitution. Many would agree that one of the most urgent regime changes that citizens advocated for during the Arab Spring was the surrender of an authoritarian government. Without the expulsion of Egypt and Tunisia's presidents, there was no way the two countries could've moved forward democratically. This 2011 timeline follows both political figures post presidential residence, and their purgatory for corrupted leadership.
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