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Unionists quit new Tunisian cabinet

Unionists quit new Tunisian cabinet
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After more street protests in Tunisia, the country’s labour union says it is pulling its three ministers out of a national unity government that was announced just one day earlier.

The UGTT move and the continuing rallies come despite peas from Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi to give the new cabinet a chance and his insistance that it was important to keep some old hands in place for the sake of stability.

But Mokhtar Trifi, President of the Tunisian Human Rights League said: “We told the prime minister that if he wants to announce a new era and a new government, he shouldn’t have chosen figures from the old regime.”

According to the latest figures from the Interior Ministry, 78 people have been killed in the unrest while damage is estimated at 1.5 billion euros.

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