Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali declared late Thursday he would not run for another term and instructed the country's security forces to stop firing on demonstrators. The Tunisian leader also promised total freedom of information and of the internet.
"I have understood you," Ben Ali said on national television.
He added he did not intend to scrap a constitutional upper age limit for candidates and thus will not run in 2014 election. "I say no to being president for life and I refuse to alter the age limit set by the constitution," he added.
In his address, he made clear that his forces should no longer use lethal force against demonstrators. "Enough firing of real bullets," he said.
Tunisia's opposition reacted positively Friday to his speech. "The positive fact is that the president decided not to stand again" said Mohammed Nejib Chebbi, the leader of the Progressive Democratic Party.