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Unity government discussed in Tunisia

Arab World Materials 16 January 2011 13:13
Acting leaders in Tunisia have discussed the composition of a unity government as post-revolution unrest continues to grip the North African country.
Unity government discussed in Tunisia

Acting leaders in Tunisia have discussed the composition of a unity government as post-revolution unrest continues to grip the North African country.

The discussions mainly focus on holding a presidential election within two months under international supervision, PressTV reported.

One-day after a historic revolution ousted president Zine El Abidin Ben Ali from power, violence continues to rage in various parts of Tunisia.

Tunisia's Parliament speaker Fouad Mebazaa was sworn in as the country's interim president on Saturday.

In a televised address, Mebazaa said all political parties, including the opposition, would be consulted in the country's new political atmosphere.

"All Tunisians without exception and exclusion must be associated in the political process," he said after taking the oath.

Under the Constitution a new presidential election must be held within 60 days.

Soon after taking office, Mebazaa called on Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi to form a unity government.

Meanwhile, gunfire has echoed in the streets of the capital, Tunis, where tanks and soldiers have been deployed to prevent protests.

On Saturday, luxury cars were smashed in the city, and shops and homes were looted and burnt. The violence appeared to mainly target the property of ousted president Ben Ali's family.

Tunisian airports were reopened after Ben Ali fled to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Ben Ali ruled Tunisia for more than two decades. His era was marred by repeated human rights violations and torture.

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