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Tunisian PM Announces New Government

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Tunisia's Prime Minister Ali Larayedh holds news conference, Tunis, March 8, 2013.

Tunisia's Prime Minister Ali Larayedh holds news conference, Tunis, March 8, 2013.

Tunisia's prime minister designate has unveiled a new Islamist-led coalition government following last-minute talks aimed at averting a major political crisis.

The deal, reached Friday just hours before a midnight deadline, includes members from the Islamist Ennahda party, the center-left Ettakatol, and the secular Congress for the Republic.

The prime minister designate, Ali Larayedh, said the new team will serve only until an election is held by the end of 2013.

Larayedh replaced Hamadi Jebali, who resigned after secular opposition politician Chokri Belaid was gunned down outside his home in Tunis in February. His death touched off anti-government riots around the country, creating a political crisis in the country.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.
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