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Tunisia PM designate says he has been asked anew to form government

Published on Jan 26, 2014 8:56 PM

TUNIS (AFP) - Prime minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa said on Sunday he was asked anew by the President to form a government to steer Tunisia out of crisis after an initial failure.

Mr Jomaa had been expected to submit his lineup to President Moncef Marzouki on Saturday but shortly after midnight he announced his failure to form a new government.

"The president has once again placed his trust in me and tasked me with forming the government," said Mr Jomaa in remarks broadcast by state television, after talks with Mr Marzouki.

"We have taken a big step towards forming the government. It is almost ready and, inshallah (God willing), I will not take much time in submitting the lineup to the President," he added.

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