Pan-Islamic body urges Tunisians to restore calm
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 16, 2011, 23:07
Jeddah: The world's largest pan-Islamic body Sunday urged Tunisians to "preserve security and stability" after the ouster of strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolt.

The Saudi-based Organisation of the Islamic Conference said the situation in Tunisia was an "internal matter" but urged its people to "protect public and private properties."

The 57-member organisation said it hoped Tunisia would show "the solidarity and unity of its people and their aspirations for enhancing democracy and good governance."

Soldiers and tanks were deployed around Tunis on yesterday after extensive looting of shops and homes and vandals set fire to the main railway station.

Tunisian army troops were seen dragging dozens of suspected looters from their cars at gunpoint and loading them into trucks at a checkpoint outside the capital.

Ben Ali signed his resignation on Friday and fled to Saudi Arabia after a wave of protests sparked by the suicide of a 26-year-old university graduate prevented by police from selling fruit and vegetables to make a living.


First Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011, 23:07

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