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Jan 16, 2011

Tunisia forces battle with gunmen, parties seek govt

TUNIS, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Tunisian security forces fought
gun battles with armed men in the capital on Sunday, as
politicians tried to form a unity government two days after the
president was ousted after more than 23 years in power.

Breaking a relative calm enforced by the army in Tunis
earlier in the day, state television reported two separate gun
battles, one near the central bank building and another outside
an opposition party’s headquarters about 1 km (half mile) away.

Jan 16, 2011

Tunisia plans unity government to quell violence

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s new leadership moved to form a coalition government to gain the upper hand over violent looters and quell arson and shooting that broke out after President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted by protests.

Speaker of parliament Fouad Mebazza, sworn in on Saturday as interim president, asked Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi to form a government of national unity. Constitutional authorities said a presidential election should be held within 60 days.

Jan 16, 2011

Shooting on the streets as Tunisia tries to form coalition

TUNIS (Reuters) – Gunmen fired at random from cars in Tunis on Saturday and inmates staged a mass jailbreak while leaders tried to prevent Tunisia from descending into chaos after the president was swept from power.

It was not clear who the assailants were but a senior military source told Reuters that people affiliated to former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali were behind the shootings.

Jan 15, 2011

Snap Analysis – Tunisia struggles to stave off anarchy

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s leaders tried to shape a new administration Saturday after the veteran president was forced from power, but they were working against a backdrop of looting and violence.

Dozens of inmates were killed in mass escapes from two prisons, gangs of men fired weapons randomly from speeding cars in the capital and clouds of black smoke hung over the city from torched buildings.

Jan 15, 2011

Tunisia tries to form coalition as chaos on streets

TUNIS (Reuters) – Squads of men shot at random from cars in Tunis on Saturday and inmates staged a mass jailbreak as leaders sought to map out Tunisia’s political future after the president was swept from power.

It was not clear who the assailants were but a senior military source told Reuters that people affiliated to former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali were behind the attacks.

Jan 15, 2011

Tunisia constitutional council sees vote in 60 days

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia should hold a presidential election within 60 days, the constitutional authority said on Saturday, as the army patrolled the capital to try to stem protests that swept the president from power.

The authority also said that under the constitution the speaker of parliament should be the interim president.

Jan 15, 2011

Tunisia PM pledges calm, coalition talks as president flees

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s new leader promised order would be restored while he attempts to form a coalition to take the country to elections after a wave of popular protests swept the president from power.

The Tunisian army was called onto the streets on Friday, witnesses said, as residents in several parts of the Tunisian capital said groups were marauding through the town setting fire to buildings and attacking people and property.

Jan 15, 2011

Veteran Tunisian leader quits after protests

TUNIS (Reuters) – A surge of anger in the streets over police repression and poverty swept Tunisia’s veteran leader from power on Friday, sending a chill through unpopular authoritarian governments across the Arab world.

President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali stepped aside after more than two decades in power and looked to have flown out of the country. His exact whereabouts were unclear.

Jan 14, 2011

Snap Analysis: Tunisia heads into uncharted waters

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi said on Friday he was taking over as caretaker president because the incumbent, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, was unable to carry out his duties.

The announcement came after about 8,000 people gathered in the center of the capital to demand Ben Ali’s resignation, the culmination of weeks of protests against unemployment, repression and corruption in which dozens were killed.

Jan 14, 2011

Analysis: Tunisia heads into uncharted waters

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi said on Friday he was taking over as caretaker president because the incumbent, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, was unable to carry out his duties.

The announcement came after about 8,000 people gathered in the center of the capital to demand Ben Ali’s resignation, the culmination of weeks of protests against unemployment, repression and corruption in which dozens were killed.