New government unveiled in Tunisia

New government unveiled in Tunisia

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Soldiers stand guard next to their tank in the centre of Tunis (AP)

Riot-torn Tunisia’s interim leaders have announced a new national unity government following the overthrow of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali amid massive street protests.

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, a longtime ally of Ben Ali, and several top ministers retained their posts in the shake-up and at least one top opposition leader was expected to join the government.

Major gun battles erupted on Sunday outside the palace of the deposed president in the centre of Tunis and in front of the main opposition party headquarters as authorities struggled to restore order.

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