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Tunisia's Caretaker Prime Minister Sworn In

Tunisia's new prime minister took the oath of office Friday, replacing Ali Larayedh, who resigned as prime minister this week in an attempt to end months of political deadlock and unrest.

Former industry minister Medhi Jomaa, Tunisia's new prime minister, will head a caretaker government until elections are held later this year. Anti-government riots have copntinued despite Mr. Larayedh's departure, and Mr. Jomaa told reporters he will do everything he can to restore stability.

Events in Tunisia sparked the Arab Spring democracy movement in 2011 that led to revolts in Egypt and Libya, but Tunisia's path since the overthrow of dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has been fraught with divisions over the role of Islam in the nation's governance and problems in dealing with hardline Islamist factions.

Incoming political leaders in Tunisia are also expected to grapple with a faltering economy, high cost of living, and a lack of job opportunities.

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