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Interim Tunisian cabinet causes controversy

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Interim Tunisian cabinet causes controversy


Tunisian Prime Minister, Mohamed Gannouchi has announced the make up of his interim government.

There are posts for three members of opposition parties, recognised under the old regime of Ben Ali while four of the RCD ruling party keep their portfolios.

He also announced a series of measures to open up political and media freedom saying all prisoners and detainees who are in jail because of their opinions or political activities should be released.

The leader of the Ettajdid party, Ahmed Ibrahim, was named as minister of higher education and has called for political transparency.

“We have to make an agreement on the need to boycott the previous dictatorship; an agreement to prepare new elections in a civilised and peaceful manner in order that people will be able to express what they need through transparent presidential elections,” he told euronews’ correspondent, Jamel Ezzedini.

How will the protestors react to their country’s interim government and the inclusion of four politicians from the ruling party? Jamil Ezzidene who is in Tunis points out that the new government must be one of national unity yet some political parties are not taking part.

“Several parties and Human Rights organisations have condemned the members of the former regime which have been included in this cabinet,” he said adding, “Controversy continues focussed on the credibility of this interim government and about the inclusion and participation of the ruling RCD party.”

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