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Jan 26, 2011

Tunisia seeks arrest of ousted president

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia wants to have ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his family arrested and put on trial for theft and currency offences, the justice minister said Wednesday.

The international police organization Interpol has been asked to help arrest Ben Ali, his wife Leila Trabelsi and other family members who have fled the country, Lazhar Karoui Chebbi told a news conference.

Jan 25, 2011

Analysis: Tunisian “revolution” could leave government vacuum

TUNIS (Reuters) – At a news conference in Tunis this week, a young journalist pressed leftist opposition leader Moncef Marzouki to outline his party’s policies.

“We will put forward our program but for now we want to continue this revolution and protect it from those who want to bring it down,” he said. “All politicians should put their personal ambitions on hold until we complete the revolution.”

Jan 25, 2011

Talks under way for body to oversee Tunisia cabinet

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian politicians are negotiating the creation of a council to oversee the interim government, people close to the talks said Monday after days of street protests demanding that the cabinet resign.

They said the council would be tasked with protecting the revolution that toppled veteran president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali this month, amid widespread complaints that former members of the ruling party are trying to cling on to power.

Jan 24, 2011

Tunisia’s police state still in place -activists

TUNIS (Reuters) – The police state apparatus set up by ousted Tunisian leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali is still in place, rights activists said on Monday, saying a failure to dismantle it could endanger democratic progress.

TUNIS, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Tunisia’s security apparatus which oversaw the police state run by ousted leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali is still in place, rights activists said on Monday, saying failure to dismantle it could endanger democratic progress.

Jan 24, 2011

Police fire teargas at Tunis protesters

TUNIS (Reuters) – Police fired teargas canisters to disperse protesters in central Tunis on Monday as pressure grew for the removal of government ministers linked to ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

The protesters, mostly from marginalized rural areas who had camped out overnight at the prime minister’s office, broke windows at the nearby finance ministry building.

Jan 24, 2011

Rural poor rally in Tunis, seeking change

TUNIS (Reuters) – Protesters from Tunisia’s poor rural heartlands demonstrated in the capital on Sunday, demanding that the revolution they started should now sweep the remnants of the fallen president’s old guard from power.

A week after Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi took the reins of an interim coalition following the overthrow of veteran strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, he and other former loyalists of the feared ruling party face mounting pressure to step down.

Jan 23, 2011

Tunisia arrests TV channel owner for “treason”

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia has arrested the owner of a private TV station and his son for “grand treason” for inciting violence and working for ousted leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s return, the state news agency said on Sunday.

“The owner of Hannibal TV (Larbi Nasra), who is a relative of the former president’s wife, is using the channel to abort the youth’s revolution, spread confusion, incite strife and broadcast false information,” a statement citing an authorized source said.

Jan 23, 2011

Shooting probe pledged as protests target Tunisia PM

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian protesters demanded the departure of the embattled prime minister on Saturday, and an investigator promised to uncover the interior ministry’s role in this month’s shooting of scores of unarmed demonstrators.

Emboldened by their overthrow of the president a week ago in a “Jasmine Revolution,” marchers took to the streets to try to force out his lieutenants.

Jan 23, 2011

Protests target Tunisia PM; shootings probe starts

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian protesters demanded the departure of the embattled prime minister on Saturday, and an investigator promised to uncover the interior ministry’s role in this month’s shooting of scores of unarmed demonstrators.

Emboldened by their overthrow of the president a week ago in a “Jasmine Revolution”, marchers took to the streets to try to force out his lieutenants.

Jan 22, 2011

Street pressure mounts on Tunisia PM to go

TUNIS (Reuters) – Protesters who overthrew Tunisia’s president took to the streets again on Saturday to accuse his lieutenants of clinging to power and to demand new leaders now.

Hundreds broke through a half-hearted police cordon at the office of Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi: “No place for men of tyranny in a national unity government,” read one banner.

    • About Andrew

      "I write on Iranian and Gulf Arab politics, based in Dubai. I was previously based in Riyadh, in charge of Reuters Saudi small but growing editorial operation, and before that was based in Egypt. I have also reported for Reuters from Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Israel and the Occupied Territories. I am the author of two books, "Popular Culture in the Arab World" and "What the Arabs Think of America", and read Arabic, Farsi and French."
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