Tunisia Appoints New PM

al-Qaeda urges Tunisians, Egyptians to rebel against new leaders
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2011 5:46 AM CST
Tunisia Appoints New PM
Anti-government demonstrators protest in Tunis, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.    (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

Interim Tunisian President Foued Mebazaa has appointed a new prime minister following the resignation of Mohammed Ghannouchi, who bowed to protesters' demands and stepped down yesterday, the BBC reports. Former foreign minister Beji Caid-Essebsi will take Ghannouchi's place, although it's not clear whether the appointment will be enough to mollify the protesters who have returned to the streets of Tunis in large numbers, AP notes. Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahri has recorded a message urging Tunisians and Egyptians to rise up against their interim governments. (Read more Tunisia stories.)

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