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Latest update : 2011-03-01

Local development minister Nejib Chebbi, founder of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, and minister of higher education Ahmed Ibrahim became the latest figures to resign from Tunisia's struggling unity government on Tuesday.

AFP - Two more ministers left Tunisia's interim government Tuesday following the resignations of the prime minister and two other ministers after weeks of protests about the caretaker authority.
              
Higher education and scientific research minister Ahmed Ibrahim, head of Ettajdid party, told AFP that he had resigned believing he "could better serve the revolution by being outside of the government".
              
"The Ettajdid movement will have full freedom to act to contribute to the democratic transition," he said.


Local development minister Ahmed Nejib Chebbi, from the Progressive Democratic Party, announced his departure at a press conference criticising the "hesitation and fuzziness" of the interim authority.
              
The interim government was appointed after the fall of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 14, after weeks of demonstrations and a security force crackdown that left about 200 people dead.
              
It included several members of Ben Ali's regime, and protests continued to demand they also leave.
              
Mohammed Ghannouchi, prime minister in the interim government and for Ben Ali, quit on Sunday after clashes at weekend demonstrations left five people dead.
              
"I am not ready to be the person who takes decisions that would end up causing casualties," Ghannouchi said, announcing his decision to resign after just over six weeks as interim prime minister.
              
He was swiftly replaced as prime minister by 84-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi, a minister under independent Tunisia's founding president Habib Bourguiba  
              
Industry and technology minister Mohamed Afif Chelbi and planification and international cooperation minister Mohamed Nouri Jouini, who were both also in Ben Ali's regime, resigned on Monday.
 

Date created : 2011-03-01

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