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Latest update : 2011-01-25

In a first since the Tunisian popular revolt began in December, hundreds took to the streets of Tunis Tuesday in support of the country's interim government, saying it was needed to avoid a power vacuum until elections can be held.

AFP - Hundreds of people rallied for the first time in support of Tunisia's interim government on Tuesday, while thousands protested against the government in another part of the centre of the capital.

"Yes to the government of national unity!" and "No to a power vacuum!" the demonstrators chanted on the central Avenue Bourguiba, as they were surrounded by a crowd of anti-government protesters who tried to shout them down.
             
"The current government is temporary, it's the only solution to this situation" and "All-for-nothing politics doesn't lead anywhere" read banners held up at the rally as scuffled with anti-government protesters broke out.
             
The national unity government was announced on January 17 after veteran president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's resignation and flight to Saudi Arabia.
             
It has been rocked by five ministerial resignations and daily protests calling for the removal of ministers associated with the old regime.
             

Date created : 2011-01-25

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