25 Jan '11, 9pm

Tunisia to shake up cabinet as US presses for elections

Tunisia to shake up cabinet as US presses for elections

TUNIS: Tunisia's interim government prepared a major shake-up as protesters on Tuesday kept up daily rallies calling for key allies of the country's ousted regime to quit and Washington pressed for elections. Government spokesman Taieb Baccouch was quoted by the state news agency TAP as saying the cabinet reshuffle would be announced on Wednesday. He earlier told AFP that the changes would involve at least six ministerial posts. But a source close to the government said that talks over the possible replacement of the defence, foreign and interior ministers were "blocked". The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said five ministerial posts left vacant by earlier resignations would be filled by independent figures. US Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman meanwhile met with senior officials and opposition figures during a visit to Tunis - the first by a senior...

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