Saturday, January 29, 2011

Tunisia: Tunis to return to calm, the new government to work

TUNIS - Very disputed during a week by hundreds of protesters demanding his departure until Friday by the dispersion force, the Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi has set the direction of his new team: democratic transition and economic recovery.
"The two key challenges that lie ahead of Tunisia are the democratic transition and the revival of economic activity," he said Friday evening in a televised interview Mohammed Ghannouchi, after surviving a week of demonstrations against his team.
Hundreds of protesters demanding his departure and the day of the caciques of the Ben Ali regime has been unceremoniously dispersed by police Friday night riot with a record of fifteen wounded.
Mohammed Ghannouchi said on private television Nesma that consultations on the composition of the new provisional government annnoncée Thursday "was expanded to all parties, be they political parties, civil society, political sensitivities, or academic skills" .
Tunisia, he conceded, was not "a rich experience of democratic transition (but) it is obliged to meet this challenge policy," with the line of sight of the elections.
Nevertheless, the country "all necessary means to achieve this democratic transition that will allow all Tunisians, all political affiliations together, to speak freely and to choose their leader after this transitional phase," he said one that was Prime Minister for eleven years - until his fall - Jan. 14 by President Ben Ali.
Referring to the departure of the provisional government of the chiefs of the old regime, Mr Ghannouchi said that "history will remember the initiatives taken by those responsible for preserving the lives of Tunisians" for the unrest.
After the violent clashes the day before calm returned on Saturday in Tunis.
The esplanade of the Kasbah, Mecca of protests against the government Ghannouchi, was completely sealed off by soldiers, AFP noted.
Some young helpless protesting against the "brutality" of the evacuation, denouncing "methods of old."
However, no tension was palpable in the streets of the medina nearby, where a sense of relief was palpable, three weeks after the fall of the regime of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ousted by a revolt of suicide born Dec. 17 to a young peddler became unemployed graduates in the center of the country.
An even greater relief, according to a foreign observer, the clashes Friday were no dead victim, which he said could swing things.
Downtown, including the Avenue Habib Bourguiba, had resumed a normal appearance, although small groups of protesters continued here and there to give voice.
A few dozen officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, and protesting against their minister (Independent) Mizouri Laroussi.
The clashes Friday were also revealed a ras-le-bol in the heart of the capital, AFP correspondents had seen the evening traders lend support to police officers who chased the demonstrators.
"Even if it's not quite finished, it's the end of the movement," loose a smile Ghaya el Mouna, a 20 year old student who with her sister, stood in line in a clothing store in this first sunny day balances on Avenue Habib Bourguiba.

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