A video clip of coverage from the French-government funded news channel, France 24, shows scenes - including amateur video footage - of protest and rioting on the streets of Tunisia today January 14 2011

Tunisia's prime minister announced that President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali had stepped down following violent demonstrations in the capital, Tunis, that have left at least 21 people dead, according to news reports.

Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi said he would be taking over for Ben Ali and a leadership council would rule the country, the reports said. Troops have surrounded the country's main international airport and Tunisian airspace has been closed, according to BBC World Television News.