Tunisian prime minister announces resignation

Tunis–Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi has announced his resignation after a renewed outbreak of street violence in the North African country in the past few days.

"I have decided to quit as prime minister," Ghannouchi told a news conference on Sunday. "I am not running away from responsibility. This is to open the way for a new prime minister."

"I am not ready to be the person who takes decisions that would end up causing casualties," Ghannouchi added.

Ghannouchi was a longtime ally of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and had pledged to guide the country until elections can be held this summer. Ben Ali fled the country on 14 January amid massive protests.

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