13 Feb '11, 4pm

Tunisian FM resigns as country faces migrant exodus

Tunisian FM resigns as country faces migrant exodus

TUNIS: Tunisia's foreign minister resigned Sunday after just over two weeks in the job as the interim government faced strong pressure from Italy to stem a massive exodus of Tunisians fleeing poverty. Ahmed Ounaies, who joined the reshuffled interim government formed on January 27 by Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, quit a day before a visit here by Catherine Ashton, the European Union's top diplomat, a month after the ouster of strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Italy meanwhile said Sunday it was planning to deploy its security forces inside Tunisia to stop a wave of immigrant arrivals, as coastguards intercepted another 1,000 immigrants from the North African state. "I will ask Tunisia's foreign minister for authorisation for our forces to intervene in Tunisia to block the flux," Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni of the anti-immigration Northern League party sai...

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