22 Jan '11, 2am

Tunisian PM to quit after polls

TUNIS: Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi vowed to quit after holding the north African country's first fair polls since independence, following the ouster of veteran ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. "After the transition, I will retire from political life," Ghannouchi said in an interview with Tunisian television and promised to stage "transparent and democratic elections -- the first since independence" from France in 1956. "All undemocratic laws will be scrapped" during the transition to democracy, he added, mentioning electoral, anti-terrorism and media laws. The prime minister, who occupied the same post in the previous government before the downfall of Ben Ali exactly a week ago, was speaking as protesters Friday called for all old regime figures to be removed from government. "Like all Tunisians, I was afraid" under Ben Ali, he said in the interview, his ever...

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