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Tunisian opposition leader calls for post-uprising vigilance

A veteran Tunisian opposition politician called Sunday for vigilance against the dangers that, he said, threatened the north African North Africa

A region of northern Africa generally considered to include the modern-day countries of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.

North African adj. & n.

Adj. 1.
 country's revolution.

Holding his first public meeting since returning from exile, Moncef Marzouki told activists from his Congress for the Republic Party (PCR PCR polymerase chain reaction.

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) that "the enemies of the revolution should stop swimming against the current."

He also said that the political police, officially dissolved on March 7, "continues even today to exercise pressure on political activists," according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 the Tunisian news agency TAP.

Marzouki, 65, returned to Tunisia on January 18, four days after the fall of president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali The term Ben Ali can refer to:
  • Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, a president of Tunisia.
  • Ben Ali (horse), the winner of the 1886 Kentucky Derby.
, who had banned the PCR. A day earlier Marzouki had said from exile in Paris that he would be a candidate in a presidential election.

During the meeting Marzouki, a doctor and former president of the Tunisian human rights league, outlined his platform for the elections to be held on July 24.

In an interview in a Tunisian newspaper published Saturday he said he wanted a mixed presidential-parliamentary regime that "does not give the president the chance to become a dictator, or a prime minister to do so."

"I am very proud of this revolution and very optimistic for its future," he said.
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Date:Mar 27, 2011
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