Tunisia’s newly appointed transitional cabinet held its first session Thursday as protestors gathered outside the former ruling party’s headquarters in Tunis, calling for the scrapping of the Democratic Constitutional Rally party (RCD).
Protestors in the Tunisian capital of Tunis kept up the pressure on the government to rid itself of ties to the old guard Thursday as the country’s newly appointed transitional cabinet held its first session.
Shortly before the cabinet meeting opened, Tunisian state TV reported that all eight ministers of the interim unity government who had previously been linked to former Tunisian President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali’s Democratic Constitutional Rally party (RCD) had resigned their party memberships.
Tunisians continue to pressure Ben Ali's RCD party
What not to call Tunisia’s revolution
Used by a number of international media and governments to describe current events in Tunisia, the term “Jasmine Revolution” calls to mind a very different episode for most Tunisians. The name was given to the “medical coup d’état”, carried out by Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 1987, when he took power from then president Habib Bourguiba by declaring him “too senile” for office. FRANCE 24 has therefore decided not to use the term in reference to the current situation in Tunisia, which brought about the downfall of Ben Ali on 14 January.
Date created : 2011-01-20