- - Wednesday, March 9, 2011

TUNISIA

Court disbands party of ousted president

TUNIS | A Tunisian court dissolved the party of ousted President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali and ordered all its assets seized, demolishing a key symbol of his autocratic regime.

Pro-democracy activists cheered in the courtroom and sang the national anthem as the decision was announced Wednesday to dismantle the Democratic Constitutional Rally, or RCD.

Protesters had demanded its dissolution since Mr. Ben Ali was driven from power Jan. 14 after weeks of protests that led to uprisings across the Arab world.

Under Mr. Ben Ali, Tunisia was effectively a one-party state, and a quarter its 10 million people were members of the RCD.

His regime quashed political dissent and independent media while guaranteeing economic growth and a stability that drew foreign investment and European tourists in droves.

UGANDA

Police use tear gas against protesters

KAMPALA | Tear gas was used against protesters after demonstrations against the country’s recent presidential election turned violent, a police spokesman said.

Vincent Sekate said that police scuffled with protesters in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, on Wednesday, and that 10 demonstrators and several police were injured.

He said eight demonstrators were arrested.

President Yoweri Museveni, the country’s leader for 25 years, was declared the winner of last month’s election with 68 percent of the vote.

His top challenger took 26 percent of the vote in official returns.

Opposition politicians have said the election was rigged.

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