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Jan 20, 2011

Police fire shots to disperse new Tunis protest

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian police fired shots into the air on Thursday to try to disperse hundreds of protesters demanding that ministers associated with the rule of ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali leave the government.

The protesters, who had gathered outside the central Tunis headquarters of the RCD, Tunisia’s ruling party for several decades, refused to move back when the police fired shots from behind a metal fence.

Jan 20, 2011

Tunisia protesters demand change, prisoners freed

TUNIS (Reuters) – Street protesters in Tunisia kept up pressure for a government free of ties with the old guard while a prominent dissident said he would run for president to sweep the former leadership from power.

The country’s interim leaders said they had freed the last of its political prisoners and promised a “complete break with the past” on Wednesday to appease the protesters who forced the strongman of 23 years, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, to flee to Saudi Arabia last week with some of his wealthy entourage.

Jan 20, 2011

Tunisia frees prisoners, says wants break with past

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s interim leaders said they freed the last of its political prisoners and promised a “complete break with the past” on Wednesday to appease street protesters who want a total purge of the old guard.

Five days after veteran strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia with some of his wealthy entourage, former political allies including the prime minister were still trying to coax opposition figures into a national unity government which can restore order and oversee promised free elections.

Jan 19, 2011

Protests add to pressure on Tunisia cabinet

TUNIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in the Tunisian capital Wednesday to demand the dismissal from the new coalition government of ministers associated with ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

The national unity cabinet was due to hold its first meeting Thursday, with its caretaker prime minister under pressure from opposition leaders and protesters who say there is no place in government for allies of the former leader.

Jan 19, 2011

Protests as Tunisia’s new unity cabinet meets

TUNIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Tunis on Wednesday to demand the dismissal from Tunisia’s new coalition government of ministers associated with ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

The national unity cabinet was due to hold its first meeting, with its caretaker prime minister under pressure from opposition leaders who say there is no place in government for allies of the former leader.

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.