Tunisian President steps down after violent protests


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After two decades in power, the Tunisian President stands down in the face of violent anti-Government unrest across the country.

Jonathan Rugman reports on the crisis, from Tunisia.

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi has taken over from President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali on an interim basis after violent rioting spread across Tunisia, protesting against high unemployment, high food prices, and the President’s leadership.

The country is now under a state of emergency, and a curfew, with threats that anyone who breaks the curfew could be shot.

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