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Tunisia’s President Leaves Country

Tunisia’s President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali has fled the country, according to Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi stepped in to run the country, which is in a state of emergency after protests over corruption, unemployment, and inflation. Protests began after a man set himself on fire after police stopped him from selling vegetables without a permit. Thirteen people died Thursday night in clashes, and 60 total have died in recent weeks. Ali has governed the country since 1987. The occasion marks the first time that protests have ousted an Arab leader.

January 14, 2011 7:44 AM