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Tunisian governor sacked over local resident’s death

Three other officials, including two security chiefs, were also dismissed over the death of a local resident during the demolition of his unlicensed store

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Tunisian protesters on 12 January 2018 [Yassine Gaidi / Anadolu Agency]

The governor of Tunisia’s Kasserine province was sacked on Tuesday following protests over the death of a local resident during the demolition of his unlicensed store, reports Anadolu Agency.

Three other officials, including two security chiefs, were also dismissed over the death, the government said in a statement.

The dismissals came after scores of angry residents took to the streets to protest the death.

According to the official Tunisian news agency, the protesters set fire to tires and blocked several roads in Subaytilah city in the west-central province.

Security forces used teargas canisters to disperse the angry protesters with the military deployed to protect government facilities in the city.

The violence erupted after a man in his 50s died when local authorities demolished his store, citing a lack of license.

Hassan Juma

Written by Hassan Juma

Hassan Juma is an international reporter who graduated with a degree from The United States International University where he majored in Journalism and International Relations and he is currently working for African Stand as a senior reporter covering the Middle East, US, Asia, and Europe.

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