Protests continued throughout Tunisia leading to its president of the past 23 years, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, fleeing the country to Saudi Arabia. The prime minister was left to collect a unity government including several opposition members. According to official statistics, 78 people have been killed in street violence over the past weeks, though informal statistics cite a much higher number.
Ehud Barak, the current defence minister and former prime minister of Israel, left the Labour party to form a new party called Independence.
A suicide bomber killed at least 60 people outside a police-recruitment-center in Tikrit, Iraq.