In this Nov. 7, 2008 file photo, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali joins his hands during a meeting marking the 21st anniversary of his ascent to power in Tunis. Ben Ali declared a state of emergency Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 and announced that he would fire his government as thousands of protesters mobbed the capital to demand his ouster. Tunisian air space was closed, gunfire rang out in Tunis, and police beat any protesters they could grab. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi has gone on state television to say he is assuming power in Tunisia. (AP Photo/dapd, Hassene Dridi, File)

Photo by: Hassene Dridi

In this Nov. 7, 2008 file photo, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali joins his hands during a meeting marking the 21st anniversary of his ascent to power in Tunis. Ben Ali declared a state of emergency Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 and announced that he would fire his government as thousands of protesters mobbed the capital to demand his ouster. Tunisian air space was closed, gunfire rang out in Tunis, and police beat any protesters they could grab. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi has gone on state television to say he is assuming power in Tunisia. (AP Photo/dapd, Hassene Dridi, File)