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Ghannouchi hangs on in Tunisian reshuffle

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Ghannouchi hangs on in Tunisian reshuffle


“We’ve won,” cried Tunisians who have been ensconced outside the prime minister’s office for five days calling for the interim government to purge itself of old regime stalwarts.

A reshuffle, backed by the country’s most powerful labour union, has brought in new faces. But controversially the prime minister remains, and not everybody is celebrating.

“The government that has been formed is only a transitional and interim government. The aim is to preserve the country in its transition to democracy,” Mohamed Ghannouchi announced in a televised address.

He went on to say its aim was to prepare fully free elections that would reflect the will of the people.

The shake-up has replaced 12 ministers of the old regime in key portfolios such as interior, defence and finance, but not justice. A first sign was when Kamel Mojane stepped down as foreign minister on Thursday afternoon.

But it is questionable whether this will be enough to appease those who have been protesting on a daily basis.

They wanted all former RCD members out, including Prime Minister Ghannouchi.

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