Tunisia's former ruling party members hold protest

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Posted: Apr 16, 2011 12:43 PM
Tunisia's former ruling party members hold protest

Hundreds of members of Tunisia's former ruling party, saying "we're all Tunisians," have rallied to protest a new measure forbidding former party officials from running in elections for an assembly that will write a new constitution.

It was the first demonstration by followers of the now-banned RCD party of ex-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who fled to exile in Saudi Arabia Jan. 14 amid a revolution that triggered Arab world uprisings.

The wife of ex-party leader Mohamed Ghariani, jailed days ago, said at the Saturday rally, "We're all victims of the former regime. Who could raise his voice against Ben Ali?"

Officials of Tunisia's transition government have banned former RCD and government officials during Ben Ali's 23-year reign from running in the July 24 election.