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Tunisian prime minister pledges to quit politics

01-22-2011 14:24 BJT

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Tunisia's prime minister has pledged to quit politics after elections that he says will be held as soon as possible. The announcement comes amid protests by citizens still angry at officials linked to their deposed president's regime.

Mohamed Ghannouchi said in an interview on Tunisian television on Friday that he will leave power after a transition phase leading to legislative and presidential elections, which he said will be held "in the shortest possible timeframe." Ghannouchi also vowed to do away with all undemocratic laws from the rule of the fallen President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Tunisians began three days of mourning Friday, lowering flags to mourn the dozens who died in the protests that drove their leader from power.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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