The situation in Tunisia is overshadowing an Arab League economic summit in Sharm el Sheik.
Analysts have cited several members states such as Algeria, Morocco and the host, Egypt, as possibly next in line for a mass uprising.
Tunisia’s foreign minister said organising new elections could not be done overnight.
Kamel Morjane told reporters: “Of course this [these democratic elections] will take time. We cannot fix it today. This will be fixed by the different parties, and when I say parties, it is not only those who are in government. We are in contact with all the elements, political elements of the Tunisian society.”
But as a member of former President Ben Ali’s RCD party, Kamel Morjane risks being part of the problem rather than the solution.