Tunisian Revolution (2010-2011)

Tunisia holds 1st local election since 2011 Arab Spring

Tunisians voted Sunday in their first local elections since the 2011 Arab Spring revolution, a crucial step toward consolidating the country's exceptional democracy.

Turnout appeared low, with just 13 percent taking part by midday, according to electoral authorities — a marked contrast from the long lines of voters at post-revolution presidential and parliamentary elections.

Voter apathy is widespread, despite anger at the country's 15 percent unemployment and 7 percent inflation. It's an especially big problem for Tunisia's youth, who drove the 2011 uprising but haven't seen their opportunities improve in the years since.

President Beji Caid Essebsi, casting his...