Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Panama Papers scandal: 'This is a real crime'

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

A certified 'palace': How hotels strive for excellence

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Leave campaign is suffering from 'Bregret'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Osborne: UK public finances will need adjustment after Brexit

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'A Europe of the people' (minus the UK)

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Seven African countries' economies at risk over Brexit

Read more

THE DEBATE

Britain votes out: What next?

Read more

#TECH 24

The 'fintech' revolution

Read more

#THE 51%

In her own image: Women in Art

Read more

Africa

Tunisia’s foreign minister resigns

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-02-14

Tunisian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ounaies (pictured), resigned Sunday after days of mounting pressure following a controversial trip to Paris. His decision comes just weeks into the job and less than a month into the country’s transitional government.

AP – Tunisia’s foreign minister Ahmed Ounaies resigned on Sunday, an official statement carried by the state’s TAP news agency said.

The 75-year-old retired diplomat joined the reshuffled transition government formed on January 27 by Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi.
 
In the first government of national unity announced on January 17 he had been appointed secretary of state at the foreign ministry.
 
He had barely resumed work since returning from a visit to France on February 4, diplomatic sources said.
 
He had been heckled by foreign ministry staff on February 7 demonstrating outside and inside the ministry demanding his immediate departure after the Paris visit, as a result of which he took his personal belongings and left.
 
In France he hailed his French counterpart Michele Alliot-Marie as “above all a friend of Tunisia” at the very moment she faced calls to resign after admitting that she used a private plane owned by a Tunisian businessman with alleged ties to the regime of the country’s since-ousted dictator.

Date created : 2011-02-13

  • ITALY

    Fleeing Tunisian migrants land on Italian island

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Foreign affairs chief under fire over Tunisia flights

    Read more

  • TUNISIA

    Tunisia poised to give interim president emergency powers

    Read more

COMMENT(S)