Tunisian ministers quit longtime ruling party

Ministers respond to protesters` demands for end to RCD party`s influence.

Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 16:22 PM IST

Tunis: Tunisia`s state news agency says two top ministers have quit the political party founded by the country`s longtime autocratic ruler, who was ousted amid street protests last week.

A new unity government was announced on Monday but demonstrators have been protesting that it is mostly made up of old guard politicians. They insist democratic change is impossible with supporters of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali still in power.

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi and interim President Fouad Mebazaa, the former speaker of the lower house of Parliament, have both quit the RCD party in an attempt to distance themselves from Ben Ali.
The new interim government`s first cabinet meeting is expected later Thursday.

Bureau Report