Tense Quiet Reported In Tunisia

Demonstrations, arson and looting were scaled back Saturday in the Tunisian capital of Tunis after the country’s president fled the country.

At least 60 people have been killed in protests that began a month ago in the Arab former French colony, the BBC said.

Friday, Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced he was assuming power after President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife flew to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, before authorities closed the national airport.

In a nationally televised address late Friday, the prime minister called for demonstrators too cool off and let order be restored.

Our country does not deserve everything that is happening,” Ghannouchi said. “We must regain the trust of citizens in the government.”

A curfew was imposed forbidding groups to gather after 5 p.m. and banning people from Tunis streets after 8 p.m. National media reported police and the military had been given authority to shoot anyone after the curfew began, The New York Times said.

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