Tunisian man dies after setting self on fire in unemployment protest
March 13, 2013 -- Updated 1403 GMT (2203 HKT)
Tunisian paramedics rush to carry Adel Khadri, a cigarette vendor who immolated himself in Tunis on March 12, 2013.
- The self-immolation of Adel Khodri, 27, is similar to that of Mohamed Bouazizi
- Bouazizi was credited for launching the Arab Spring protests with his fatal protest
- Khodri's death comes as the National Constituent Assembly votes on a new government
(CNN) -- A 27-year-old Tunisian man who set himself on fire to protest unemployment has died, officials said Wednesday.
Adel Khodri succumbed to his wounds early Wednesday morning, a day after he set himself ablaze, Tunisia's national civil protection and defense authorities said.
His fate parallels the iconic death of Mohamed Bouazizi, a street vendor who set himself on fire in December 2010.
Bouazizi's death was widely credited for spurring Arab Spring uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East.
The fruit vendor's fatal protest unleashed a wave of regional dissent against oppression, government corruption and stifled freedoms.
Self-immolation has since become more common in the Arab world, with people setting themselves on fire in Tunisia, Jordan, Bahrain and Morocco.
Although Tunisia has toppled a longtime ruler and held historic elections since Bouazizi's death, the country is still mired in political unrest.
Khodri died the same day Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly is set to vote on a new government.
In a speech before Wednesday's vote, Prime Minster-designate Ali Larayedh explained a series of proposals for the new government, the country's official news agency TAP said.
Larayedh vowed to protect against excessive inflation, develop the economy, fight crime and boost development.
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