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First freely elected Tunisian government sworn in

Last Updated: Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 10:40

Tunis: Tunisia`s first freely
elected government has been sworn in following a popular
uprising earlier this year.

The new government led by moderate Islamist party Ennahda
received a vote of confidence in parliament Friday and was
sworn in on Saturday.

Tunisia threw off decades of authoritarian rule in
January and held widely praised elections, but Prime Minister
Hamadi Jebali warned the country faces many challenges: high
unemployment, pockets of unrest and a stagnating economy

Tunisia`s democratic transition is being closely watched
since its revolt led to a rash of similar uprisings across the
Arab world.

Its new government is still only temporary, running the
country until a new constitution is written and another round
of elections held.


First Published: Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 10:40

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