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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 02/27/2011

Tunisian prime minister ousted

By Marc Fisher

TUNIS - Less than a minute after Tunisia's prime minister resigned Sunday in a speech on national television, the massive crowd filling this city's Casbah Square suddenly halted the angry chants that had continued around the clock for days. There was silence, and then cheers, chants and circles of ecstatic dancing.

For the second time in as many months, the people of Tunisia had toppled their government, and now their chant changed to "the act is done, the rest is yet to come."

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi quit because he had been unable to overcome his past as part of fallen president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali's government, and the peaceful demonstrations that forced Ben Ali out had turned violent and police seemed unable to control the crowds, according to activists in several newly formed political parties.

To learn more about the development in Tunisia, read the rest of Marc Fisher's story.

By Marc Fisher  | February 27, 2011; 11:11 AM ET
 
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