Tunisia Forms National Unity Government

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Africa — Tunisia’s prime minister announced a national unity government today, allowing opposition politicians to play a part in the country’s leadership for the first time in an attempt to quell unrest following the ousting of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali as president.

Ministers of defence, the interior, finance and foreign affairs keep their posts in the new government but opposition leaders including Najib Chebbi also have posts, the prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi, said.

The interior minister, Ahmed Friaa, was originally appointed only last week in Ben Ali’s final days when the-then president tried to mollify the protest movement against poverty, corruption and repression.

Read more at The Guardian

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