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Tunisia Islamist PM quits as unrest mounts

Published on Jan 9, 2014 11:21 PM

TUNIS (AFP) - Tunisia's Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh, who was tortured under the ousted Ben Ali regime, resigned on Thursday as part of a plan to end months of political deadlock.

His resignation sees the departure of Tunisia's first democratically elected government, which came to power after veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown in the first of the Arab Spring uprisings three years ago next week.

"As I promised to a short while ago ... I have just submitted the government's resignation," Mr Larayedh told a press conference.

His announcement comes as part of a blueprint, drawn up by mediators, to put the democratic transition back on track after the assassination of opposition MP Mohamed Brahmi by suspected Islamist militants last year.

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