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December 17, 2013

Tunisia's Facebook candidates

Young Tunisians take to the web to demand a place for youth in politics.

Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a demonstration on National Women's Day at Bab Saadoun in Tunis, Tunisia, August 13, 2013. (EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA)

Young Tunisians frustrated with political gridlock are using social media to demand a place for youth in shaping the country's future. Many young citizens began putting their own names forward on the web for the country's caretaker cabinet, which was announced on Saturday.
Just before the announcement of Industry Minister Medhi Jomaa as caretaker prime minister, blogger Tarek Cheniti declared via Facebook that he was nominating himself for the same position. Other Tunisians online soon followed suit.