Tunisian president dismisses government amid riots

January 14, 2011 17:52

TUNIS — Tunisia's state news agency said Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has decided to dismiss his government following massive riots.

The TAP news agency report also says the president plans to call early legislative elections in six months.Friday's announcement comes as Tunisian police fired rounds of tear gas at thousands of protesters in the capital. Some demonstrators climbed atop the roof of the Interior Ministry, a symbol of the iron-fisted government they want to oust.

The demonstrators were marching through Tunis to demand the resignation of the country's autocratic leader. Many shouted "Ben Ali, out!" and "Ben Ali, assassin!"

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