Demonstrations that toppled his regime
Former President of Tunisia Zine El Abidine Ben Ali flees with his family to Saudi Arabia, after being rejected by France.
Thousands of protesters defy curfew and march in Tunis, camping outside the government's main office complex and demanding that the Prime Minister and the old guard that served under former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, step down.
Family members of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was recently ousted in a popular uprising are reportedly in Canada; Tunisians expatriates express anger over the development and Canadian officials say Ben Ali and his family are not welcome and would act if illegally acquired assets were brought into the country.
Tunisian officials negotiate the formation of a supervisory council to oversee the country's interim government, in an effort to appease protesters angry at the continued presence in the cabinet of holdovers linked to deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’sregime.
Tunisia's prime minister Mohamed Ghannouchi promises in a TV interview to leave politics "in the shortest possible timeframe" after elections to be held following President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's recent fall.
Saudi Arabia confirms it is welcoming ousted Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family into the kingdom due to "exceptional circumstances" in Tunisia; people in Saudi Arabia and people elsewhere criticise the decision to offer sanctuary to "the dictator" on the Internet.