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Tunisia’s Interim PM Resigns Amid Protests

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Posted on Feb 27, 2011
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Protests in Tunis over the weekend brought about the downfall of the interim prime minister.

Following huge protests Friday and Saturday that left at least three people dead, the Tunisian interim prime minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, has announced he will resign his position. —JCL

The BBC:

Mr Ghannouchi is seen as being too close to former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who was toppled in an uprising last month.

Mr Ghannouchi, 69, had served under Mr Ben Ali since 1999.

“After having taken more than one week of thinking, I became convinced, and my family shared my conviction, and decided to resign. It is not fleeing my responsibilities; I have been shouldering my responsibilities since 14 January [when Mr Ben Ali fled],” he said.

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