Several key ministers with ties to ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali have left Tunisia's transitional government after a major cabinet reshuffle, but Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi (pictured) stays on.
REUTERS - The Tunisian government will ditch ministers from the former ruling party in a line-up backed by the country's powerful labour union, political and union sources said on Thursday.
Earlier on Thursday, thousands of demonstrators thronged Bourguiba Avenue, the main boulevard in the capital Tunis, demanding that the government resign. They also broke through police lines outside the prime minister's office, where hundreds of demonstrators had pledged to camp out until the government resigned.
Veteran politician Ahmed Mestiri, a prominent figure during the era of Tunisia's independence leader Habib Bourguiba, said he hoped to head the council.
Date created : 2011-01-27