President flees country
President Zine Al Abedeen Bin Ali has fled Tunisia after 23 years as its ruler.
The move came as a result of the ever increasing violence in the country as protests had spread from the provinces to the capital. What had started as a suicide attempt by one protester has grown in the past two months into an ever more violent series of prtests against the government.
Although the government had promised elections within six months the violence and looting had continued in the capital. Interim presidential powers have been handed over to Prime Minister Mohammad Ghannouchi and army presence on the streets was increased overnight.
Many travel companies have been repatriating holidaymakers as the violence has continued. It is likely that violent protests will continue until a date has been set for an early election.