Further demonstrations have been held in Tunisia’s capital Tunis with scuffles breaking out between authorities and protesters.
The latest unrest, which saw police fire teargas, took place on Monday morning after hundreds of activists defied an overnight curfew. They had camped out to demand RCD allies of ousted President Ben Ali quit the transitional government.
Observers believe the next week could prove crucial for Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi’s interim coalition as it seeks to bring stability to the country after the popular revolt. Many Tunisians, however – especially those from the country’s rural heartlands – continue to see it as tainted with the old guard of the fallen president.