Tunisia offers $350m compensation to victims

Tunisia's government agreed on Monday to offer 500 million dinars ($354 million) in compensation to the families of those killed in the month-long uprising, the regional development minister Nejib Chebbi said.

Chebbi, an opposition leader who joined the interim government after the overthrow of former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali this month, told Hannibal TV that the government would pay 150 dinars a month to the unemployed.

The government would also replace some of the provincial governors, he said, after protesters from the deprived interior of Tunisia complained of widespread corruption and repression.
The concessions come as Tunisia's embattled interim government faces 24-hour protests demanding that it step aside.

Protesters complain that too many of its ministers, not least Prime Minister Mohamed Ghanouchi, are former members of Ben Ali's RCD party.

Negotiations were under way on Monday to create a council comprised of unionists, lawyers, opposition parties and civil society movements that would supervise the interim government.

The move aims to appease protesters and convince them that the ruling RCD party and its officials will not take back power.

 

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