Clinton urges swift reforms amid Tunisia upheaval

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 22, 2011 22:04

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wants Tunisia's new leadership to enact speedy economic and political changes after the North African country's longtime autocratic president was driven from power.

State Department spokesman PJ Crowley on Saturday said that Clinton called the prime minister on Saturday "to encourage ongoing reforms" and offer US support "for transition to open democracy."

It was Clinton's second call to top Tunisian officials in the past week following the upheaval that led to the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, a longtime Ben Ali ally, has pledged to quit politics after elections that are held as soon as possible. Tunisians are still angry at officials linked to the ousted government and have protested.


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