December 17, 2010
Mohamed Bouazizi sets himself alight in the town of Sidi Bouzid to protest against harassment and unemployment. Two days later, rioting breaks out.
January 14, 2011
Tunisia's army chief says the military will help safeguard the revolution.
The prime minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, stays on in a cabinet reshuffle, but other key ministers from the government of Ben Ali are replaced.
An amnesty is introduced for political prisoners.
About 100,000 anti-government protesters take to the streets of Tunis.
The moderate Islamist movement Ennahda is legalised.
The new interim prime minister, Beji Caid Essebsi, announces a new government free of any members of the Ben Ali regime.
After a third trial held in his absence, Ben Ali has so far been sentenced to more than 66 years in prison.
The constituent assembly approves Tunisia's new government.