Tunisia PM names new government

Tunisia’s prime minister has named a new government after a spate of resignations that has revived questions about the country’s post-revolution direction.

Tunisia’s prime minister has named a new government after a spate of resignations that has revived questions about the country’s post-revolution direction.

Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi kept the heads of the key defence, interior, justice and foreign affairs ministries.

He named new figures to six posts vacated last week by ministers apparently trying to distance themselves from the caretaker government, seen by some as too close to the regime of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Caid Essebsi, 84, was named just a week ago after his predecessor quit amid renewed protest violence.

He said his priorities would be re-establishing security, rebuilding the economy, and bringing life back to normal in the country that has long been a tourist draw for Europeans.

Last week, interim president Fouad Mebazaa announced an election on July 24 for a body that will draw up a new constitution.

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