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12.03.2013 Africa

Man sets himself on fire in Tunis

By AFP
Police fire tear gas to disperse protesters on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis on February 8, 2013.  By Salah Habibi (AFP/File)
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Police fire tear gas to disperse protesters on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis on February 8, 2013. By Salah Habibi (AFP/File)

TUNIS (AFP) - A man set himself on fire Tuesday in central Tunis, an AFP reporter witnessed, hours before the country's lawmakers were to vote on a new government tasked with pulling Tunisia out of a deep political crisis.

"This is a young man who sells cigarettes because of unemployment," shouted the man before immolating himself on Habib Bourguiba avenue, according to a witness.

The badly burned man was still conscious when emergency services rushed him to hospital.

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