Formation of Tunisia's unity government sparks new protests
Riot police fired tear gas at angry protesters Tuesday as Tunisia's prime minister
defended the decision to include members of the deeply unpopular old regime in a government
shake-up aimed at quelling the country's simmering unrest.
of a new unity government followed weeks of violent protests that killed 78 people.
we are waiting to see if this government may work or not,” says Archbishop Maroun
Elias Nimeh Lahham of Tunis.
But on Tuesday, Tunisia's junior minister for
transportation announced that he and two other ministers with ties to a top labour
union have resigned from the newly formed government.
The country has suffered
riots, looting and an apparent settling-of-scores after President Ben Ali fled to
Saudi Arabia on Friday, as public protests spread over years of state repression,
corruption, and a shortage of jobs for many educated young adults.
Lahham says that in the capital “80 per cent of life has gone back to normal -- but
still everything is not 100 per cent OK.”
“For the moment all we desire is
that the people of Tunisia may live with dignity and freedom.”
Listen to Archbishop
Lahham’s interview with Kelsea Brennan-Wessels: