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article imageNew coalition government in Tunisia

By Paul Iddon     Mar 8, 2013 in Politics
The new designated Prime Minister of Tunisia Ali Larayedh he announced he has presented the new cabinet for the up and coming coalition government in the country.
The new cabinet is set to be led by the Islamist Ennahda party which will be in turn backed by two secular parties along with some smaller independents. This represents an important development in the post-Belaid phase the country is now going through, that being the ongoing turmoil that began when opposition leader Chokri Belaid was killed on February 6 in an assassination which in turn sparked off mass protests across Tunisia and saw to the fragmentation of Tunisia's coalition government. (BBC News, March 8 2013)
The new cabinet line up that Larayedh has proclaimed will remain until an election which is scheduled to be held before the end of the year "at the latest" according to Larayedh. That would be assuming that by that time a new constitution would be introduced and the country would have legislative and presidential elections. Technocrats for the meantime are being placed in important positions in the government, such as in the foreign, interior and defense ministries. Larayedh has stated this coalition agreement was reached following "marathon negotiations."
In Larayedh's eyes Tunisians need "work and discipline" along with "national unity." (Deutsche Welle, March 8 2013)
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