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nisian president flees'; PM announces he's taking power
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
After declaring state of emergency and dismissing entire government, Ben Ali reportedly in France; military closes Tunisian airspace.
TUNISIA — Violent anti-government protests drove Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power Friday after 23 years of iron-fisted rule, as anger over soaring unemployment and corruption spilled into the streets.
Thousands of demonstrators from all walks of life mobbed the capital of Tunis on Friday to demand Ben Ali's ouster, the culmination of weeks of protests that have swept the country. Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi went on state television to announce that he is assuming power in this North African nation known for its sandy beaches and ancient ruins.