Abu Dhabi, Jan 18 (Agencies): UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for Tunisia's Government to ensure the prompt return to rule of law in the country, stressing the international community should back these efforts.

"I call on the Government (of Tunisia) and all stakeholders to ensure a prompt restoration of the rule of law," Ban said at a news conference in Abu Dhabi.

"I remain extremely concerned about the continued violence," the UN secretary general said, urging "all concerned parties to ensure an immediate end of violence."

"Tunisia must regain its stability as soon as possible to pursue the path of development and prosperity."

Ban added that "this is a moment for the Tunisian people to strengthen the longstanding culture of political moderation."
And the UN chief called on the international community to aid efforts to restore democracy in Tunisia.

"I urge the international community to support efforts to restore... democracy in the country," he said.

Hundreds of people rallied in central Tunis on Monday to demand the abolition of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's party, as police fired volleys of tear gas to break up the protest.

Demonstrators in two other Tunisian towns also demanded the end of the Constitutional Democratic Rally party, members of which were expected to be named in the transitional Government due to be unveiled on Monday.

The Tunisian President fled the country on Friday and took refuge in Saudi Arabia after a month of protests.

The protests in tightly controlled Tunisia were unleashed by the suicide attempt last month of Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself on fire after police had prevented him from selling fruit and vegetables to make a living.

The 26-year-old graduate died of his injuries in hospital last week.