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Bahrain urges stability, calm in post-Ben Ali Tunisia

Arab World Materials 16 January 2011 02:28
Bahrain lamented on Saturday violence and unrest gripped Tunisia one day after president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted and fled to Saudi Arabia, calling for boosting security and stability in Tunisia.
Bahrain urges stability, calm in post-Ben Ali Tunisia

Bahrain lamented on Saturday violence and unrest gripped Tunisia one day after president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted and fled to Saudi Arabia, calling for boosting security and stability in Tunisia.

"The kingdom is following up the latest political developments in Tunisia... It attaches great importance on working on restoring calm and stability," the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said, Xinhua reported.

Bahrain called on all Tunisians to close their ranks to put an end to "this exceptional phase in the Tunisian history," condemning the killing in the fresh wave of looting and social unrest hit the country.

The Tunisian state tv said five neighborhoods in the capital of Tunis have been ransacked while the government said 14 people were killed in clashes over the weekend.

This came as Tunisia's acting president Foued Mebazaa said he has asked Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi to form a coalition government.

The call for a national unity government won support from Tunisian opposition leaders who said there is an imminence need for setting up a unity salvation government to end unrest in the country.

The Tunisian government has declared a state of emergency, banning more than three people to gather.

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