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Tunisia will hold an election on July 24 to choose a constituent assembly that will rewrite the constitution and chart the country's transition after the ousting of its veteran leader, the interim president said. In a televised speech late on Thursday, interim president Fouad Mebazza, who has been in charge since Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was toppled on January 14, said he and a caretaker government would stay in power until the election was held. "We are proclaiming today that we are entering a new era ... and a new political system which definitively breaks with the ousted regime," Mebazza said. Mebazza said the July 24 vote would be for the "formation of a national constituent assembly that will develop a new constitution." He said the current constitution "does not meet the aspirations of the people after the revolution" and was "an obstacle to transparent elections", adding he would remain in office until the July 24 vote.
26 February 2011 Last updated at 16:34 ET The BBC's Paul Moss in Tunis says the situation there is "very serious indeed" Three people have been killed in clashes between hundreds of demonstrators and security forces in the Tunisian capital, authorities say.
"We witnessed the beginning of a remarkable new era in Tunisia," four top experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a report on their week-long mission that ended earlier this month. "There are clear indications of a willingness to put in place the necessary mechanisms to ensure a clear break with past injustices and to elaborate a vision for the new Tunisia. You have selected an article from the AllAfrica archive, which requires a subscription. However, you can freely access - without a subscription - hundreds of today's top Africa stories and thousands of recent news articles from our home page » Click here to go to our home page for all the current news
Holly Pickett for The New York Times Tunis, Jan. 14 Demonstrators climbed the walls of the Interior Ministry as thousands gathered outside to demand the resignation of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. The protests that brought down Mr.
As Tunisia on Monday marked a month since the ousting of its president, the interim government sent security forces to coastal areas to stop a Europe-bound exodus of people fleeing poverty. Some 5,000 undocumented migrants, many of them Tunisians, have flooded into the Italian island of Lampedusa, near Sicily, where the government has declared a humanitarian emergency. You have selected an article from the AllAfrica archive, which requires a subscription. However, you can freely access - without a subscription - hundreds of today's top Africa stories and thousands of recent news articles from our home page »
A video clip of coverage from the French-government funded news channel, France 24, shows scenes - including amateur video footage - of protest and ... ( Resource: Protests Overtake Streets of Tunisia Tunis — Rached Ghannouchi, Head of "Ennahda" Movement which was banned by the former regime of ousted President Ben Ali, returned to Tunis on Sunday after over 20 years of exile in London. Thousands of people turned out to welcome him at Tunis-Carthage airport.
The announcement of a new 'unity government' by Mohamed Ghannouchi, the Tunisian prime minister, has been met with anger by some protesters, who say too many members of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's party remain in power. The PM announced that the former defence, foreign, interior and finance ministers will keep their key posts in the new government formed after the public uprising led to the flight of President Ben Ali. Up to 1,000 protesters gathered mainly near Tunis' Habib Bourguiba Avenue to demonstrate against the announcement. Tanks and troops were deployed, and water cannons and tear gas fired against activists who demanded that members of Ben Ali's Constitutional Democratic Rally (CDR) be excluded from the new government. "Who did the revolt?