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January 25, 2022

Tunisia dissolves ousted president’s party

TUNIS – A Tunisian court issued a ruling Wednesday dissolving the former governing party of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, a lawyer said, quoted by CNN.

This is “an accomplishment to the Tunisian revolution and to the Tunisians who had always suffered from this party,” said Rabeea Ben Taareet, a Tunisian lawyer.

Ben Ali, who had ruled Tunisia since 1987, was ousted in a popular January revolt that sparked protests across the Arab world. Protesters have asked officials to meet their demands, including that the interim government step down and the parliament be disbanded.

A score of officials have stepped down, including Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi. At least three more government officials resigned last week in the wake of Ghannouchi’s resignation.

Protests in Tunisia erupted late last year. Fed up with corruption, unemployment and escalating prices of food, people began demonstrating after the self-immolation suicide of a fruit cart vendor in December.
Tunisia’s interior ministry announced Monday that it is dissolving its “political police” and the entire State Security Division, which was widely unpopular under the former regime, according to the country’s news agency, Tunis Afrique Presse. Last week, the interim president declared that parliamentary elections will be held July 24.

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