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Updated: January 25, 2011 14:31 IST

Tunisia awaits new unity govt, unrest continues

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Tunisia's Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouch. File photo: AP.
Tunisia's Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouch. File photo: AP.

Tunisia’s interim leaders say they hope a new government will help stabilize their country, which has been swept up by gunbattles, looting and violent score-settling after the ouster of its strongman.

The centre of Tunis, the capital, appeared calm overnight despite unconfirmed reports of the arrests or killings of gunmen behind shooting rampages since autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled on Friday.

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi says a new national unity government was likely to be announced on Monday, which for the first time will include opposition members.

He spoke on national TV on Sunday after gunbattles erupted outside Mr. Ben Ali’s former palace.

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