Tunisia issues arrest warrant for ex-minister

September 20, 2011 22:32

TUNIS - A Tunisian judge issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for a former defense minister who was serving under President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali when he was toppled earlier this year, the state news agency reported.

Tunisia's revolution electrified the Arab world and inspired revolts in countries including Egypt and Libya. Many in the region now look to the north African country as a model for how to make the transition from dictatorship to democracy.

Tunisia's interim government has been under pressure to prosecute more people from Ben Ali's administration, which Tunisians believe pillaged the country's wealth while ruthlessly stamping out dissent.

But so far only a handful of top officials, including a former interior minister, Ben Ali's head of security, and two presidential advisers, have been put behind bars.

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