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Prime Minister Takes Control of Tunisia

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A Tunisian demonstrator throws a rock during clashes with security forces on Mohamed V avenue in Tunis on January 14, 2011.

Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi has taken control of the country temporarily, as protests against President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali erupted throughout the country forcing him out, the Associated Press reported Wednesday afternoon.

The president had declared a state of emergency after protests broke out following his dismissal of parliament and call for new governmental elections within six months, according to The BBC.

The BBC detailed riots in the capital city of Tunis, where thousands gathered to call for Ben Ali's immediate resignation. Police have used tear gas to quell the riots.

There are disputes over how many people have been killed in clashes. The government reports fewer than a dozen. Protestors say many more have been killed.