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Clinton urges Tunisia to restore order "in a responsible manner"

Arab World Materials 16 January 2011 23:16
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday urged Tunisia to restore order "in a responsible manner as quickly as possible" during a telephone call with her Tunisian counterpart Kamel Morjane, dpa reported.
Clinton urges Tunisia to restore order "in a responsible manner"

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday urged Tunisia to restore order "in a responsible manner as quickly as possible" during a telephone call with her Tunisian counterpart Kamel Morjane, dpa reported.

She also "underscored the importance of addressing popular concerns about the lack of civil liberties and economic opportunities, and the need to move forward with credible democratic elections," according to a statement from her office.

But the United States had been encouraged by the "willingness" shown by interim president Foued Mabazaa and Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi to work with "Tunisians across the political spectrum," she reportedly told Morjane.

The Mediterranean country has been engulfed in political turmoil since president Zine el-Abidine ben Ali abruptly resigned on Friday after weeks of violent protests, which claimed at least 66 lives.

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