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Tunisia Parliament approves new Cabinet line-up

Published on Jan 29, 2014 10:07 AM

TUNIS (AFP) - Tunisia's Parliament on Wednesday approved a technocratic caretaker government tasked with leading the country out of a bruising political crisis and into fresh elections.

After a marathon session broadcast live on national television, the line-up proposed by Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa was approved by 149 lawmakers, with 20 voting against and 24 abstaining.

The line-up was only agreed after weeks of horse-trading and will replace the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party, which accepted last year to step down as part of deal to end a crippling political crisis.

Mr Jomaa, who was industry minister in the outgoing government, announced on Sunday that he had finally clinched a deal on an apolitical line-up.

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