Tunisia ministers quit RCD party


Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against the RCD party of deposed president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis (AP)

Two top ministers in the government of Tunisia have quit the political party founded by the country’s ousted ruler.

President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country after 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 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 state news agency has reported.

The first cabinet meeting of the new interim government is to be held on Thursday.

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