|RIPPED TO SHREDS: Banner of former dictator, Ben Ali.|
Determined Tunisians are holding tight to their demands for democratic rule.
Demonstrations have continued since dictator Zine-al Abidine Ben Ali was ousted on Friday, with protests overnight taking place as the interim prime minister tried to name a new government.
About a thousand people demonstrated in the capital demanding the interim prime minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, form a new government free of any members of Ali's former Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) party.
More than 70 people are believed dead but Ghannouchi earlier today named an interim government pledging to abolish Tunisia's information ministry and to create a state where the media had "total freedom".
The announcement came amid growing pressure from demonstrators for Tunisia to make a clean break with the policies of the former president, who was in office for 23 years.
Journalists say there is some uncertainty over whether the inclusion of several veteran ministers in senior positions will be acceptable to those protesting on the streets.
One opposition figure, Ahmed Bouazzi, of the Progressive Democratic Party, said he believed the demonstrations would now be put on hold.
"It's not realistic to dissolve the ruling party," he told the BBC, citing the example of the chaos that engulfed Iraq after Saddam Hussein's ruling Baath party was dissolved in 2003. "We can go forward with this government, and can even go again into the streets if it is not working."
But others were less convinced by the presence of several veterans of Ben Ali's government in the new administration.
"It's as if Ben Ali's system is still there," Mohamed Mishgri told Reuters news agency. "It's for that reason that the demonstrations are continuing in Tunis. We want a new state with new people."
Unrest in Tunisia had grown over several weeks, with widespread protests over high unemployment and high food prices pitching demonstrators against Tunisia's police and military.
After dozens of deaths the protests eventually toppled Ben Ali's government. The demonstrations gained momentum in December after a 26-year-old unemployed man, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire in protest against a lack of jobs in the country. He died earlier this month.
Amid concerns the protests may spread across the region, a man set himself on fire outside the Egyptian parliament buildings in Cairo on Monday. His motivation was not immediately clear.
There have also been several such incidents in Algeria which, like Egypt and Tunisia, has high unemployment and has been facing political unrest. (BBC and other news sources)