THE PIRATE PARTY has taken advantage of the political strife in Tunisia to put one of its members in the cabinet of the transitional government.
Slim Amamou, known as @slim404 on Twitter, has taken the title of State Secretary of Youth and Sport, although there are doubts about the true seniority of his role. Amamou, as well as being a freedom of speech activist and blogger, also runs a software company called Alixys, as reported by Torrent Freak.
Amamou was one of the Pirate Party members arrested when protests against the government reached their crescendo. Tunisian citizens had taken to the streets in droves protesting against what they believed were economic hardships, repression and censorship forced upon them by those in power.
It resulted in the resignation of Tunisia's former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who left the country. In the wake of his departure a transitional government and political freedom have been announced and former political prisoners have been released.
The uprising was a surprise, triggered by a well educated man who set himself on fire when he was prevented from selling vegetables on the streets without the permission of the corrupt regime. The demonstrations spread around the country, and after weeks of protests it concluded with a new future for Tunisia.
The Tunisian people have spoken, and online venues like Twitter played their parts in organising the demonstrations that brought down the government. Now it's up to people like Amamou to pick up the pieces. µ