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  •  Tunisis: major cabinet reshuffle after protests (3+ / 0-)

    Tunisian PM Mohammed Ghannouchi has announced a major reshuffle of the interim government.

    He has kept his job but many allies of ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali have left.

    Mr Ghannouchi said in a TV address that 12 ministers had been replaced. He insisted the government was "transitional" and would "take the country to democracy".

    Protests are continuing, demanding a purge of Mr Ben Ali's allies.

    On Wednesday, Tunisia issued an international arrest warrant for Mr Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia on 14 January.

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    Among the key changes was the replacement of the defence, interior and finance ministers, who had all served under Mr Ben Ali.

    Earlier on Thursday, Foreign Minister Kamel Morjane announced his resignation, saying it was in the national interests of the country.

    The reshuffle was welcomed by the powerful UGTT trade union, although it said it would not be joining the new government.

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

    by amk for obama on Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 05:12:24 PM PST

    •  A partial purge won't be enough (3+ / 0-)
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      Tunisia needs to purge its security forces.

      Demand Filibuster Reform call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 -AND KEEP CALLING

      by Lefty Coaster on Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 05:27:41 PM PST

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      •  Yup. Tunisians aren't giving up. (3+ / 0-)
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        But our correspondent adds that it is unclear whether the cabinet overhaul will be enough to calm widespread opposition to Mr Ghannouchi himself, who had served as prime minister under Mr Ben Ali for many years.

        Anti-government rallies continued on Thursday in Tunis and also in the central town of Sidi Bouzid.

        "We reject Ghannouchi totally. We were surprised to see him announce the government," protester Mohammed Fadel in Tunis was quoted as saying by Reuters.

        "Since he did not fight corruption under Ben Ali, he is an accomplice."

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

        by amk for obama on Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 05:29:51 PM PST

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