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Tunisia: Governor of Tataouine resigns

Tunisians stage a protest after a person was killed during clashes between security forces and protesters in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 May 2017 [Nacer Talel/Anadolu Agency]
Tunisians stage a protest after a person was killed during clashes between security forces and protesters in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 May 2017 [Nacer Talel/Anadolu Agency]

The Governor of Tunisia's southern province of Tataouine, Mohamed Ali Al-Barhoumi, has resigned following days of protests by young Tunisians who demanded more job opportunities and improved economic conditions.

I have just tendered my resignation to the prime minister due to personal and private reasons

Al-Barhoumi said in a brief statement on his official Facebook page. Tataouine has witnessed several clashes between hundreds of Tunisian protestors and security forces over the past few months, which have resulted in the death of one of the protestors, the injury of several security personnel, and the burning of a number of police stations.

Young Tunisians seek more job opportunities in the province's oilfields which are owned by international companies. They also seek greater development in the region.

Tunisia has embarked on a period of transitional justice since the 2011 uprising. Despite the country's democratic progress in holding free elections and introducing a new constitution, Tunisia still faces social unrest as the unemployment rate remains high and corruption amongst officials still widespread stopping the delivery of economic opportunities.

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