• Tunisian fruit seller, Mohamed Bouazizi, whose sacrifice spurred the public uprisings in the Arab world has been named the Person of the Year by British Newspaper, The Times.
  • The paper on its front page carried a citation saying, “The Times today names Mohamed Bouazizi, the street vendor who became the inspiration for the Arab Spring, as its person of the year. It adds “Bouazizi was no revolutionary, yet his lonely protest served as the catalyst for a wave of revolts that have transformed the Middle East.         
  • ”Bouazizi set himself on fire after the officials confiscated his unlicensed cart and humiliated him. His sacrifice inspired millions of the people in the region who took to streets against long standing autocracies in Tunisia, Egypt , Libya and Yemen. 

  • The public uprisings led to the overthrow of dictatorial regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.