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Tunisia's Ghannouchi resigns as PM

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Tunisia's Ghannouchi resigns as PM


Tunisian protesters have forced the resignation of the country’s caretaker prime minister after growing criticism that he was too close to the former toppled regime.

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The stepping down of Mohamed Ghannouchi followed a renewal of street tension with huge rallies on Friday and Saturday.

Within hours of his going his replacement was announced as 84-year-old Béji Caïd Essebsi, a former foreign minister.

Analysts believe Ghannouchi’s resignation could add legitimacy to an election to replace President Ben Ali, who was ousted in January.

Tunisia’s interim government had insisted it was trying to introduce reforms as fast as it could but its promises failed to satisfy protesters.

They want a new government unconnected with what they describe as the old corrupt system.

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