Tunisian interim government works to restore order, investigate corruption: spokesman

08:09, January 21, 2011      

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The Tunisian interim government will strive to restore order in the violence-torn country and prepare for the upcoming presidential election, government spokesman Taieb Baccouche said Thursday after the cabinet meeting for the first time.

Taieb Baccouche, also the new education minister, told a press conference that the government would also speed up efforts to mull political reforms, investigate corruption and abuses during the weeks of violence.

He said that all property of former ruling RCD party will be under state control.

Meanwhile, the minister said the government decided to adopt a blanked amnesty for political prisoners, and recognize all banned political groups.

He also announced a three-day national mourning, starting from Friday, for those who died in the violent protests that swept former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali away from power.

The five ministers who quitted the interim government were absent from the meeting held Thursday afternoon as protests calling for a purge of members associated with the regime of Ben Ali from the government.

Source: Xinhua

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