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Tunisian president fires interior minister

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Tunisian president fires interior minister


Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has replaced his interior minister and ordered the release of all those detained in a wave of violent clashes, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

Mohamed Ghannouchi, speaking at a news briefing, also said the president had ordered the creation of a special committee to investigate corruption and the actions of some officials. Ahmed Friaa, a former academic and junior minister, was appointed as the new interior minister, Ghannouchi said.

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