Tunisian gov't reshuffle expected Wednesday

09:13, January 26, 2011      

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A government reshuffle will be announced in the Tunisia on Wednesday, government spokesman Taieb Baccouch said Tuesday.

Baccouch "will announce tomorrow a new composition of the government", state-run TAP news agency reported.

A changeover of regional governors and ambassadors abroad would also be announced, added the agency.

This came amid daily protests staged outside the prime minister's office to force the government to quit.

Protesters are opposed to the new government because it still includes figures from ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's regime including Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, who has been in place since 1999.

Ghannouchi has vowed to quit after holding the North African country's first fair polls.

Ben Ali, who had been in power since 1987, fled to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 14 following mass protests against his government over unemployment, price hike and corruption.

Source: Xinhua

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