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A demonstrator holds a placard reading “Game Over” during a rally in front of the Interior Ministry in Tunis. Tunisia’s ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was officially swept aside on Saturday and the speaker of parliament named as his interim successor by the country’s Constitutional Council. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
Officials are blaming the turmoil in Tunisia on revelations from the leaked Wikileaks documents.
Of course, the Obama Administration did nothing to prevent the greatest mass leak of security documents in US history.
FOX News reported:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday urged Tunisia’s new leadership to restore order and adopt broad economic and political reforms in the wake of the popular revolt that overthrew the North African nation’s authoritarian president.
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At the same time, the State Department rejected claims that revelations of rampant corruption in leaked U.S. diplomatic documents had sparked the uprising.
In a phone call to Tunisian Foreign Minister Kamal Merjan, Clinton offered U.S. support for Tunisia as it transitions from the autocratic rule of ex-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Clinton called for the government to address the underlying causes of the popular discontent that fueled the uprising, such as unemployment and poverty.
“She urged that the government work to re-establish order in the country in a responsible manner as quickly as possible,” the State Department said in a statement released as looting and violence continued to rock Tunisia in the aftermath of Ben Ali’s ouster on Friday. “She also underscored the importance of addressing popular concerns about the lack of civil liberties and economic opportunities, and the need to move forward with credible democratic elections.”
Clinton said she was encouraged by remarks by Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi and interim President Fouad Mebazaa “indicating a willingness to work with Tunisians across the political spectrum and within civil society to build a truly representative government.”