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New cabinet in bid to calm Tunisian unrest

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New cabinet in bid to calm Tunisian unrest


Tunisia remains gripped by turmoil amid a cabinet reshuffle aimed at bringing order back to the streets.

There have been fresh clashes between police and protesters who are angry that so many former allies of ousted President Ben Ali remain in power.

A new cabinet line-up is to be announced today, mainly to fill posts vacated by five resignations over the past week. It’s reported that the ministers for Defence and Foreign Affairs will be changed as well as the Interior Minister. All were members of the former regime’s ruling party.

As well as naming a new cabinet in a bid to placate protesters, authorities have issued arrest warrants for the deposed president, his wife and several members of his family.

Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi said he had asked Interpol to help with the arrest, which relates to charges of property theft and transferring foreign currency.

He also asked more than 9,000 people who escaped from prisons during the recent unrest to hand themselves in to police.

Yesterday saw a tense protest held by those who defend the new unity government, saying it needs time to stabilise the country. Some of the demonstrators voiced concerns that Tunisia was heading into anarchy.

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