Tunisia Awaits New Unity Govt, Unrest Continues

Ad Feedback

Violent anti-government protests in the country of Tunisia have led to a change in power.

On Friday, thousands of demonstrators mobbed the capital and forced out the country's president of 23 years. Tunisia's president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia.

The country's interim leaders plan to announce a new government on Monday that includes opposition leaders for the first time. It's a move they hope will stabilize their violence-wracked nation.

The protestors were angry over soaring unemployment rates and government corruption.

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, a longtime ally of Ben Ali, said a new national unity government was likely to be announced Monday that would include former regime opponents long locked out of access to power. That would mark an unprecedented transition of power in the Arab world.

The violent demonstrations forced the airports to close and thousands of tourists had to be evacuated.

The prime minister said police and the army have carried out arrests among armed groups, without saying how many, and insisted "the coming days will show who is behind them."

"We won't be tolerant towards these people," Ghannouchi said.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.  

CBN IS HERE FOR YOU!

Are you seeking answers in life? Are you hurting? Are you facing a difficult situation?

Find peace with God, discover more about God or send us your prayer request.

Call The 700 Club Prayer Center at 1 (800) 823-6053, 24 hours a day.

A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.

CBNNews.com

CBNNews.com

CBN News is a national/international, nonprofit news organization that provides programming by cable, satellite, and the Internet, 24-hours a day. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.