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Loyalists of Tunisia's ousted president expected to go

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Loyalists of Tunisia's ousted president expected to go


Further demonstrations are taking place in Tunisia as protesters persist in their bid to oust former loyalists of deposed President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

Hundreds of people remain camped outside the Prime Minister’s office in the capital, determined to purge the interim coalition government of what they see to be the cronies of the former ruling party.

They could get their way with an imminent cabinet reshuffle expected later today. The ministers for Defence and Foreign Affairs, as well as the Interior Minister, all former allies of Ben Ali, are expected to lose their posts, according to political sources.

The makeshift administration hopes the reshuffle, together with a recently-issued international arrest warrant for Ben Ali and his family, will quell the anger, which saw more clashes break out across the country yesterday.

According to UN figures,117 people were killed in the violence that preceded Ben Ali’s departure two weeks ago. Human rights group Amnesty International say it has proof that police used disproportionate force and i some cases fired shots at fleeing protesters.

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