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Tunisia PM Ghannouchi resigns

Tunisia's Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi on state TV today

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afrol News, 27 February
- Tunisia's Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi has given in to the demands of steadily growing protests and resigned. He however warned against "a conspiracy against the Tunisian revolution."

The resignation comes after a new wave of protests against the interim government of PM Ghannouchi. The interim government is accused of not involving opposition groups that had led the 14 January revolution in the Tunisian transition process. Key reform processes were led by members of the former ruling RCD party.

During yesterday's protests against Mr Ghannouchi and the RCD leaders, three persons were killed as police forces brutally tried to disperse the crowds in downtown Tunis. Consequently, today's protest marches against the interim government were even greater.

Mr Ghannouchi today appeared on state television, saying he had resigned as Prime Minister as he was "ready to be the person taking decisions that could end up causing casualties," in reference to the ongoing protests.

But the outgoing Prime Minister also warned against "a conspiracy being hatched against the revolution," repeating

Protests in Tunisia have increased during the last week

© D Dalysovich/afrol News
the interim government's warning against the current protesters as being outlaws dedicated to violence and looting.

Also today's massive protest march in Tunis was attacked by riot police, shooting in the air and firing teargas at the masses. Unconfirmed reports from Tunis indicate several protesters have been wounded.

The announcement of Mr Ghannouchi's resignation however caused jubilation among the protesting crowds. Protesters sent messages from the march saying that now, finally, the real transformation of Tunisia into a democracy could start.

It is still not clear who will take over the leadership of Tunisia's interim government, whose main task is leading the country towards free and fair elections in July.

Protesters however demand proper popular representation in the government and the reform process, with a complete removal of former RCD strongmen from key positions in the country.

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