Protests In Tunisia as Prime Minister Reshuffles Cabinet

Tunisian security forces have arrested hundreds of people during consecutive nights of disturbances in several cities. Violent protests took place in several areas of the capital, Tunis, and the seaside city of Sousse, among others. Interior Ministry spokesman Khaled Hayouni said that dozens of young people, mostly aged between 14 and 17, were held after they took to the streets. The protests coincide with the 10th anniversary of the revolution that toppled the late President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring uprisings. Tunisia has made a smooth transition towards democracy, but its economy remains on the verge of bankruptcy and the key tourism sector has been dealt a devastating blow by the coronavirus pandemic. The protests pose a challenge for the government of Hicham Mechichi, who on Saturday reshuffled the cabinet, installing new interior, justice and energy ministers.

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Government buildings in Tunis, the capital city of Tunisia.

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