Dima Khatib, an Arab journalist for Al Jazeera, is firing off tweets at a rapid pace:
29 days of defiance to one of the strongest regimes in the world. Regime is falling today,
The family of Ben Ali has been arrested
Who will give ex president of Tunisia a safe haven
Scott Lucas has more:
1740 GMT: Reports say a ruling committee has been formed, headed by the Speaker of Parliament and including the Minister of Defense.
1725 GMT: Counter-Narrative. According to Al Arabiya, Speaker of Parliament Parliament Speaker Fuad Mbazaa says he is running Tunisia temporarily and will announce early elections. Under Tunisian law, those elections must take place within 60 days.
Above screenshot is from a live announcement by the Speaker of Parliament. Lucas again:
1752 GMT: Al Jazeera says fallen President Ben Ali is heading for Malta.