17 Jan '11, 11pm

Dissident blogger enters new Tunisian government

TUNIS - A DISSIDENT Tunisian blogger arrested under ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was included in the new government announced on Monday as the secretary of state for youth and sports. Mr Slim Amamou was imprisoned in the final days of Mr Ben Ali's regime and was freed on Thursday - a day before Mr Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia after 23 years in power under pressure from a wave of protests. As he tried to cling to power, Mr Ben Ali made a number of concessions including freeing up strict controls on the Internet. Mr Amamou is a well-known blogger and he said he was arrested on charges of hacking government websites. He denied doing so. Internet users played a key role in the protests, relaying information and keeping the international spotlight on events. Mr Amamou said he was 'very surprised' when he was asked to join the new government just moments before it wa...

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