tunisian president toppled after 23 years of rule

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    Here's a summary of the day's events.
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    • Tunisia's president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, has fled the country after days of street riots forced him out. The prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi, has assumed power and promised to "respect the constitution and implement the political, economic and social reforms that have been announced".

    • A state of emergency has been declared in the country. Twelve people were killed in overnight clashes between demonstrators and police. Tunis airport has been surrounded by the military and Tunisian airspace closed. Gunfire has been heard on the streets tonight.

    • Our correspondent, Angelique Chrisafis, reports that French police are awaiting the arrival of Bin Ali's plane in Paris. The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, said France – the former occupying power – recognises the "constitutional transition" in Tunisia.

    • The UK Foreign Office is advising against travel to the country. A number of tour operators have suspended flights and are making plans to evacuate holidaymakers.

    Tunisia crisis: as it happened | World news | guardian.co.uk
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