Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Erdogan to rid Turkish institutions of ‘separatist cancer’ after coup attempt

Read more

ENCORE!

The best of summer music festivals in France

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Going for gold: French athletes train for Rio Olympics

Read more

#TECH 24

Digital beauty

Read more

FOCUS

Women doctors in Pakistan challenge the status quo

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Trump hopes to reset America's trade relations

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Donald Trump's speech was just another scam'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Cazeneuve at the heart of Nice security controversy

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

South Africa: Prosecutors seek longer sentence for Oscar Pistorius

Read more

Africa

Tunisian president demands new cabinet in wake of protests

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-12-01

Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki has asked his prime minister to appoint a new cabinet in response to violent protests over economic hardship that have wounded more than 220 people over the past week.

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki asked the North African state’s Islamist prime minister on Friday to appoint a new cabinet in response to violent protests over economic hardship.

Clashes between protesters and police in the northwest town of Siliana wounded more than 220 people this week, with at least 17 blinded by birdshot, according to medical sources.

U.N. human rights officials said the security forces used excessive force to quell the protests, in some of their harshest criticism of Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali’s government since it took office in October last year.

For many Tunisians, the clashes recalled harsh policing under Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the veteran autocrat brought down in the first Arab Spring uprising in January 2011.

“The government must be changed to have a competent technocrat cabinet and not a party political one,” Marzouki, a secularist, said in an address carried on state television. “If the clashes continue and the government’s response is not adequate, there will be chaos and a dead-end.”

Jebali, who hails from Tunisia’s biggest Islamist movement Ennahda, has rejected calls for his resignation and accused leftists of sowing disorder.

Marzouki’s demand for a reshuffle raises the pressure on Jebali from his political opponents but he is not obliged under the constitution to obey the call.

(REUTERS)
 

Date created : 2012-12-01

  • TUNISIA

    FRANCE 24 reporter injured in Tunisian clashes

    Read more

  • TUNISIA

    Tunisian journalists strike over press freedom

    Read more

  • TUNISIA

    Indecency case against Tunisian rape victim dismissed

    Read more

COMMENT(S)