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Tunisian PM Designate to Name New Government

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New Prime Minister of Tunisia, Ali Larayedh, delivers a speech during a press conference in Tunis, February 22, 2013.

New Prime Minister of Tunisia, Ali Larayedh, delivers a speech during a press conference in Tunis, February 22, 2013.

Tunisia's Prime Minister-designate Ali Larayedh says he will present his new government to President Moncef Marzouki on Friday.

Larayedh says he expects the new government to be the government of all Tunisians. He called on all citizens to stay united over the goals of the 2011 revolution.

The new government is expected to look a lot like the previous government, which was dominated by Larayedh's Islamist Ennahda party and its two secular partners.

Tunisia was the first Arab country to topple its repressive leadership during the Arab Spring of 2011, but the turmoil has continued.

Liberal opposition leader Chokri Belaid was assassinated last month. His killing brought on more street protests and forced Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali to resign.
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