Tunisian demonstrators pray near the Prime Minister's office as they stage a protest calling for the resignation of Tunisia's Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi in Tunis, Friday, Feb. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Salah Habibi) (AP)
Tunisian prime minister announces resignation
Interim leader steps down amid renewed violence more than month after Jasmine Revolution ousted former president
Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi said Sunday he will resign, amid renewed violence during protests in this North African country.
Ghannouchi, 69, has been a major irritant to Tunisians behind the so-called "Jasmine Revolution" -- weeks of public upheaval that drove longtime autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power last month.
Even though Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 14, Ghannouchi -- who served for 11 years as his prime minister -- had promised to stay on to guide the country until elections this summer.
Ghannouchi's announcement on state TV and radio came a day after officials said at least four people had died in recent days in the capital during clashes between stone-throwing protesters and police.