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Tunisian prime minister resigns amid new clashes

February 28, 2011 Comments off

TUNIS (AFP) – Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi resigned Sunday, as security forces clashed with protesters in Tunis demanding the removal of some ministers of his interim government.

“I have decided to quit as prime minister,” Ghannouchi told a news conference, saying that he thought carefully before taking the decision which was supported by his family.

“I am not running away from responsibility. This is to open the way for a new prime minister,” he said.
“I am not ready to be the person who Read more…

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Tunisia Riots: Government on brink of Collapse

January 18, 2011 Comments off

Unity Government in Tunisia Fractured by Resignations

Holly Pickett for The New York Times

Police formed a line in front of protesters in Tunis on Tuesday.

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

 

TUNIS — Five or more ministers from opposition parties resigned from Tunisia’s unity government on Tuesday, bowing to a wave of street protests against the cabinet’s domination by members of the ousted president’s ruling party and putting mounting pressure on his prime minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, to resign as well.

As the leaders of the established opposition parties renounced the unity government, the revolutionary passions unleashed across the region continued to reverberate, as two more men in Egypt set themselves ablaze on Tuesday and a third was stopped before he could do so. Those self-immolations followed six others, all in apparent imitation of the one that set off the Tunisian uprising a month ago.

The new unity government was showing strains practically from the moment it was sworn in on Monday, with new protests focused on its links to the former president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Read more…