Thursday, January 27, 2011

RCD ministers leave Tunisian cabinet - except prime minister

The minister belonging to the Rassemblement Constitutionel Démocratique (RCD), the party of former president Zine el-Abidin Ben Ali, have demissioned from the Tunisian transition cabinet, after days of pressure from the Tunesian street, the trade union UGTT and political circles. Also on Thursday there wsas a mass protest in the centre of Tunis with thousands participating.
The first to leave the goverment was the minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamel Morjane, who is married to a relative of Ben Ali. Later on Thursday evening, the ministers of  the Interior, Defense and Finance followed.  All in all 12 ministers will be replaced. The changes have the backing of the UGTT. The only remaining RCD-minister in the cabinet is prime minister Mohammed Ghannouchi.

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