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Tunisian cabinet to meet Thursday

Tunisia's new government will hold its first meeting on Thursday, despite massive protests

AFP , Wednesday 19 Jan 2011
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Protestors holding bread chant slogans during a demonstration against Constitutional Democratic Rally, RCD, party of Ben Ali in the center of Tunis (Photo: AP)
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Tunisia's new government will hold its first cabinet meeting on Thursday, a minister from the former opposition told AFP, amid protests over the presence of figures from the ousted regime in the executive.

"It will be tomorrow morning," said Nejib Chebbi, the new regional development minister and the leader of the former opposition PDP party.

But a spokesman for Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi said: "For the moment, we haven't fixed a date for the meeting."

Another opposition source said: "The most important and urgent item on the agenda is to draw up a national amnesty law."

"The second point is to implement decisions to separate the RCD from the state," the source added.

The RCD, the former ruling party, has dominated Tunisian politics for decades and has become a key part of the state apparatus under the authoritarian regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Ghannouchi announced on Monday that the party would be separated from the state.

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