Tunisia marks ouster of dictator

Jan 14, 2014, 3:28 PM EST
An old man rests at the Hergla's port on December 17, 2013 in Hergla, Tunisia. Hergla is a small cliff-top town in northeastern Tunisia off the Gulf of Hammamet.
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Three years after the downfall of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia still faces serious political problems. But the birthplace of the Arab Spring is also possibly the most functional transitional democracy in the region. Last week saw the orderly cession of power by the Islamist government to make way for a caretaker adminstration as a -- balanced, by many reports -- constituion nears passage.