Tunisia replaces regional governors

TUNIS Thu Feb 3, 2011 4:24pm EST

Tunisian students shout slogans during a demonstration in Tunis February 1, 2011. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Tunisian students shout slogans during a demonstration in Tunis February 1, 2011.

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TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia has replaced all 24 regional governors, the state news agency said Thursday, as part of efforts to dismantle the legacy of ousted president Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali.

Major street protests have dried up in Tunisia in recent days, after a reshuffle purged the interim government of most Ben Ali loyalists, but many Tunisians have called for more officials to be replaced at the security and regional level.

The interior ministry replaced a slew of senior security officials this week, a first step to overhauling the network of police, security forces and spies built up by Ben Ali during 23 years of police rule.

(Writing by Lin Noueihed; Editing by Maria Golovnina)

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