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Ben Ali 'definitively' ousted as Tunisian president

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Ben Ali 'definitively' ousted as Tunisian president


Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was definitively ousted as president on Saturday after the country’s Constitutional Council named the parliament’s speaker as his interim successor.

Ben Ali handed power to Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi before fleeing to Saudi Arabia but the Council has now named Fouad Mebazza as acting leader.

It based its ruling on article 57 of the constitution, which lays down a strict procedure for the transition, including the calling of elections within a maximum of 60 days.

Article 56 does not require elections to be called and does not give an acting president the right to run for president.

Meanwhile, the government has reopened Tunisia’s airspace, a day after it was closed to civilian flights as Ben Ali quit the country.

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