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Jan 19, 2011

Struggling Tunisia unity cabinet to meet

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s national unity cabinet was due to hold its first meeting on Wednesday, with the caretaker prime minister under pressure from opposition leaders who demanded he fire more of the ousted president’s allies.

Four opponents of former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali quit the government within a day of being appointed, saying street protesters who triggered the upheaval were disappointed at how many of the old guard, including Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, were still in power.

Jan 19, 2011

Tunisia coalition hits trouble on day two

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s national unity cabinet was due to hold its first meeting on Wednesday, with the caretaker prime minister under pressure from opposition leaders who demanded he fire more of the ousted president’s allies.

Four opponents of former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali quit the government within a day of being appointed, saying street protesters who triggered the upheaval were disappointed at how many of the old guard, including Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, were still in power.

Jan 18, 2011

Snap Analysis: Tunis govt fragile but surviving, for now

TUNIS (Reuters) – Four ministers resigned from Tunisia’s coalition government on Sunday just a day after it was created, and protesters demanding that the ruling party relinquish power clashed with police.

The coalition was formed to oversee the transition from 23 years of rule by President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who last Friday was forced to flee to Saudi Arabia after weeks of unrest.

Jan 18, 2011

Tunisia police teargas new protest

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian police used teargas on Tuesday to break up a protest against a unity government announced after former leader Zine bin Abidine Ben Ali was deposed last week.

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi brought opposition leaders into a coalition on Monday after the president fled to Saudi Arabia following weeks of violent street protests. But key ‘old guard’ figures kept their jobs, angering many.

Jan 18, 2011

PM names unity government to quell Tunisia unrest

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s prime minister has appointed a new unity government, but his decision to retain many ministers from the old guard may upset ordinary people, whose four weeks of protests forced the president to flee.

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, who brought opposition leaders as well as key ‘old guard’ ministers into the coalition, promised to release all political prisoners and to investigate those suspected of corruption.

Jan 17, 2011

New Tunisian government an awkward compromise

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi announced a new government Monday that included several familiar faces from the government of the ousted president, and three opposition leaders.

The composition of the cabinet, which has to steer the country out of turmoil to presidential elections in two months, represents an awkward balance between members of the old guard and new faces that is likely to disappoint many people.

Jan 17, 2011

Security forces use water cannon on Tunis protest

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian security forces used water cannon, tear gas and fired shots in the air on Monday as demonstrators took to the streets demanding that the ruling party of the ousted president give up power.

The prime minister was preparing to announce a coalition government following the fall of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in the face of weeks of violent unrest, but the renewed protests suggested the new line-up might not be popular.

Jan 17, 2011

Tunisia PM to announce new government

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s prime minister promised to announce a new coalition government on Monday, hoping to maintain the momentum of political progress to ward off fresh protests and also undercut gunmen loyal to the ousted president.

Tunisian special forces fought a gun battle with the ousted president’s security force near the presidential palace on Sunday, a military source said, two days after Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted after more than 23 years as president.

Jan 17, 2011

Tunisia forces fight presidential guards near palace

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian special forces fought a heavy gun battle with members of the ousted president’s security force on Sunday, a military source said, and the prime minister promised to announce a new coalition government on Monday.

Fighting erupted near the presidential palace in a Tunis suburb, the source told Reuters, following other gun battles in the capital two days after Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted after more than 23 years as president.

Jan 16, 2011

Snap Analysis: Tunisia battles loyalists of ousted president

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s military fought a heavy gun battle with members of the ousted president’s security force on Sunday, and officials said helicopters were used to shoot gunmen on rooftops near the central bank. [nLDE70E0ET]

A coalition government seemed to be taking shape, with sources close to the negotiations saying several ministerial portfolios had been agreed. Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi promised an announcement on the government on Monday.