Tunisia’s Foreign Minister Kamel Morjane has resigned from the embattled country's new interim government, according to state TV, in the wake of street demonstrations who demand the removal of any ally of former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali from the new regime.
I have decided to renounce my functions of foreign minister, Morjane wrote. I wish success to those who will take part in the government during this period of transition.
Morjane was one of the eight high government officials, including the Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi, who was retained from the prior regime who had stayed on in power.
As for Ghannouchi, he had promised he will quit in the shortest possible timeframe and vowed to hold elections within six months.
Yesterday, Tunisia issued an international arrest warrant for Ben Ali, who has fled to Saudi Arabia, on charges that he illegally transferred money to foreign countries and acquired property and assets illegally.