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Jobless protesters torch police post in Tunisia

AFP – Jobless Tunisian protesters have torched a police post in the impoverished central region of Gafsa, where social discontent is rife over high unemployment despite the strategic importance of its phosphate mines. The demonstrators set fire to the building in the town of Metlaoui late on Tuesday and confronted policemen, an AFP journalist reported. …

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Ousted Tunisian strongman’s kin says ready to face justice

By AFP TUNIS: The exiled brother-in-law of ousted Tunisian strongman Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali regrets his role in the dictatorship and is prepared to face justice at home, news reports said Friday, quoting an open letter. “I have written this letter to apologize, even if I know that in the eyes of many Tunisians, if …

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Tunisia court dissolves ousted president’s party

By Tarek Amara/ Reuters TUNIS: A Tunisian court ruled on Wednesday that the party of former President Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali be dissolved, triggering street celebrations as one of the last vestiges of the ousted leader’s era was dismantled. The ruling will stop the party, whose activities had already been suspended, putting forward a candidate in …

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Saudi says Ben Ali barred from politics while in kingdom

By AFP RIYADH: Ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been barred from any political activity relating to his country while he shelters in Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal said Wednesday. “This act (of sheltering Ben Ali) should not lead to any kind of activity in Tunisia from the kingdom… There are …

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Tunisian economy to be purged, says economist

By Paul Taylor/ Reuters PARIS: Tunisia’s economy will be purged legally of the grip of overthrown president Zine El-Abedine Ben Ali’s extended family, and is well placed to flourish, a leading Tunisian economist said on Monday. Moncef Cheikhrouhou, forced to sell his shares in a family press group to a relative of the president and …

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Ben Ali’s hated in-laws looted Tunisia’s wealth, say experts

By Deborah Pasmantier/ AFP PARIS: Long feared, now despised, the wealthy clan surrounding ousted strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s wife Leila Trabelsi corruptly gorged itself on Tunisia’s riches, experts said. “President Ben Ali’s extended family is often cited as the nexus of Tunisian corruption,” the US embassy in Tunis said in a June 2008 …

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Tunisia uncovers plot amid unity government talks

By Dario Thuburn /AFP TUNIS: The security chief of ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been arrested for plotting against the North African state’s new leadership, an official told AFP on Sunday. “General Ali Seriati has been placed under arrest,” the official said. Seriati was a key figure in the security apparatus …

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Tunisia on edge after protests force out president

By Dario Thuburn /AFP TUNIS: Tunisia was on edge Saturday after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ended his 23 years of iron-fisted rule by fleeing a wave of deadly social protests in the first such departure for an Arab leader. The Constitutional council declared the head of state had “definitively” left power and appointed …

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Embattled Tunisian president sacks government

By Mohamed Hasni and Hamida Ben Salah / AFP TUNIS: Tunisian President Zein El Abidine Ben Ali fired his government and declared a state of emergency Friday as escalating protests against his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists. Only hours after Ben Ali vowed on state television that he would stand down …

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