Vendors sell strawberries at a market in Ettadhamen city on April 28, 2018, an impoverished area of Greater Tunis. AFP / FETHI BELAID
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In this Sunday's municipal elections, the first in Tunisia since the 2011 revolution, a third of voters and a majority of the candidates will be under the age of 36 .But if they were the primary driver of mass protests that ousted Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 – which gave birth to the only democracy out of the Arab Spring – many young people are now pessimistic.They are just blah, blah," he said, pointing to a group of political activists who passed by Bab Jdid's entrance without stopping.Disenchanted with what they view as a lack of improvement since the revolution, and a distrust of a political class full of "old elephants," many Tunisian youths say they aren't planning to vote in the May 6 elections that many hope will help anchor democratic change at a local level.
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