Police patrol in numbers in Tunisia’s capital after deadly weekend violence and PM ouster

TUNIS, Tunisia — Opposition leaders say youth have joined large police patrols to help keep the peace in Tunisia’s tense capital after a weekend of deadly protests led to the resignation of the longtime prime minister.

Tunis saw no new major demonstrations Monday after weekend clashes between riot police and stone-throwing youths left at least five people dead.

Amid the violence, Mohamed Ghannouchi quit Sunday after 11 years as prime minister.

Interim authorities say “agitators” are trying to derail the North African country’s moves toward democracy after protests brought down autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali last month, and sparked uprisings across the Arab world.

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