Tunisians have been continuing to express their desire for a total break with the past, in street demonstrations against the former ruling party the RCD, and any participation by it in the new government.
The interim president and prime minister have resigned from the RCD, and three ministers from the country’s largest trade union have quit the government in protest at the continuing RCD influence. Their union says it does not recognise the legitimacy of the new government.
“We demand the dissolution of the government and the forming of a new government which breaks with the hegemony of the party in power,” said UGTT union leader Abdeljelil Bedoui.
A notable left-wing opponent of the former regime, Moncef Marzouki, has also returned from Paris to announce he will be running for president.
“The RDC is a parasite. They exploited the structures of the state. When we take the party away, the state will function much better,” he said at Tunis airport.
New elections are expected in the next two months, but many people want change at the top before then.