Tunisian assembly approves new government
Tunis: Tunisia`s constituent assembly overwhelmingly approved the north African country`s new government, two months after the first free elections since its January revolution.
The line-up unveiled Thursday by Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party was approved yesterday in a confidence vote with 154 in favour, 38 opposed and 11 abstaining, after a full day`s debate.
The 41-member cabinet was the subject of weeks of negotiations between Ennahda and its two left-leaning allies.
Among the leading cabinet appointees, Ali Larayedh, a former political prisoner and senior Ennahda official, was tapped as interior minister and Rafik Ben Abdessalem,
son-in-law of Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi, was named foreign minister.
Nourredine Bhiri, party spokesman, was appointed justice minister while independent AbdelkaAim Zbidi was kept on at the defence ministry, the only one to stay in his old job.
The creation of a new government is a major milestone for Tunisia following the popular revolt against Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who had been in power for 23 years, that began in December 2010.
It triggered what became known as the Arab Spring -- uprisings across the region that also led to the overthrow of veteran dictators in Libya and Egypt.
Ben Ali ultimately fled to Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia has charged him in absentia with many crimes including murder.
Ennahda emerged as the largest party in the October 23 vote, winning 89 of the 217 seats in the constituent assembly, which elected Moncef Marzouki of the Congress for the Republic party as Tunisia`s president.
The assembly`s main task now is to write a new constitution.
Jebali on Thursday vowed to make job creation and reparations to victims of the ousted regime among his key priorities.
Tunisia is in the midst of an economic crisis, with unemployment running at 20 percent while economic growth is expected to be a sluggish 0.5 percent for 2011.
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