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Minister Suspends Tunisia’s Ex-Ruling Party

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Posted on Feb 6, 2011
AP / Burhan Ozbilici

A woman holds a placard reading “Hail the uprising in Tunisia and Egypt!” during a demonstration outside the Egyptian embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

Rumblings in Tunisia of a plot to bring back President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has led the country’s new interior minister to suspend all activities of the former ruling political party.

Post-revolutionary Tunisia remains unsettled, with protests continuing and clashes between rival groups leading to at least one death. —JCL

Reuters:

Tunisia’s interior minister has suspended all activities of the former ruling party to prevent a breakdown in security, an Interior Ministry source said on Sunday.

The announcement follows a series of violent incidents which security officials say are part of a conspiracy by officials close to ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to spread chaos and take back power.

In the latest in several days of clashes that have raised questions about whether Tunisia is returning to stability after Ben Ali’s departure, a man was killed during a protest in the southern Tunisian town of Kebili.

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