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    Tunisia's interim president and prime minister have quit the ruling RCD party, amid anger over the make-up of a day-old government, reports say.

    PM Mohammed Ghannouchi has been criticised for giving major government ministries to RCD figures.

    He says all members of the national unity government have "clean hands".

    Four ministers have already stepped down and protests have spread over the inclusion of several veterans of Tunisia's disgraced former regime.

    Interim President Foued Mebazaa was speaker of the country's parliament until President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali was forced from power on 14 January.

    Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi, who unveiled a national unity government just 24 hours ago but has seen renewed street protests throughout Tuesday, is a veteran RCD figure who has been prime minister since 1999.

    The resignation announcement was made on Tunisian state TV.

    The twin resignations came one day after Mr Ghannouchi, in announcing the new government, pledged to separate the organs of state and political parties, the TAP network said.

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists.

    by amk for obama on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 09:43:20 AM PST

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