-tunisias-prime.jpgTunisia has announced the formation of a coalition government, following a popular revolt which ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

The Foreign, Interior and Defence ministers are reported to have retained their jobs, with several opposition figures joining the government.

Incumbent Prime Minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, will lead the new government and is reported to be aiming to prepare Tunisia for elections.

The announcement came hours after new street violence flared in the Tunisian capital, Tunis.

 

Police used water cannon, tear gas and occasional gunshots to disperse several hundred demonstrators calling for the party of ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to relinquish power.

Reports say the new government is expected to abolish Tunisia’s information ministry.

It is believed that two opposition figures Ahmed Ibrahim and Mustafa Ben Jaafar have been included in the new government.

Mr Ghannouchi also announced that all political prisoners would be freed.

Widespread protests over high unemployment and high food prices pitched demonstrators against Tunisia’s police and military, eventually toppling Mr Ben Ali’s government.

The country has been in a state of emergency since he fled to Saudi Arabia last Friday.