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Tunisian PM resigns under pressure

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The Tunisian Prime Minister has announced resignation following a series of street protests.

Mohamed Ghannouchi said by stepping aside he will provide a better atmosphere for a new era.

He added that he wants to prevent more victims in the country’s political unrest.

Critics have accused Ghannouchi of being too close to the previous regime. That criticism turned to violent street protests in the centre of the capital Tunis on Friday and Saturday .

Three people were killed as soldiers and riot police clashed with youths throwing stones. Security forces responded with tear gas, and shots were fired in the air as they tried to disperse the crowds.

Many Tunisians have become frustrated with the slow pace of change since the last government was toppled a month ago.