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Tunisian opposition party refuses to take part in unity government

01-18-2011 16:10 BJT

TUNIS, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic Unionist Union (UDU), one of Tunisia's opposition parties, refused on Monday to take part in the country's new government.

The new government does not "enable the participation of all forces and it doesn't meet the objectives of the popular revolution," said a communique released by UDU's political bureau on Monday.

UDU said it "hails the revolution of the valiant Tunisian people," calling on all political forces to build the future of the country.

Hours earlier, Tunisian prime minister announced the composition of the country's first caretaker government, more than two thirds of which is composed of independent candidates and members of the opposition parties.

On Monday morning, hundreds of protestors demonstrated in the capital against the inclusion of the ruling Democratic Constitutional Rally (RCD) in the unity government. Police dispersed the demonstrators with water canons and tear gas.

According to Tunisian constitution, elections are to be held within 60 days after the formation of the national unity government. However, Tunisian prime minister said in a statement that it will take six months to organize the elections.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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