“Out with Ghannouchi” Banner in Tunisia

A few hundred demonstrators brandishing signs saying “Out with Ghannouchi” and calling for the banning of the former ruling party, the Democratic Constitutional Rally (RCD) from the new unity government, were dispersed with tear gas and water canons in Tunis and Sfax on Monday.

The demonstrations took place around midday, as the country is eagerly awaiting the announcement later Monday by Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi of the new national unity government which will include opposition members for the first time in the country’s history.

Throughout the night, gunshots and automatic machine gunfire was heard throughout the capital, while Tunisian radio announced the destruction of a gang of guards and militiamen loyal to the ousted president.

Tunisian television reported that a number of people were arrested or shot in and around the capital, after the former head of the Tunisian presidential guard was captured on Sunday.

Eight foreign nationals who were arrested on Sunday have been released after it was revealed that they were boar hunters on their way to the airport.

Normal life seemed to return in the capital and in other Tunisian towns, as shops reopened. Authorities announced new working hours from 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) to 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) and transportation services have resumed work in Tunis. (PNA/Xinhua)

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