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Tunisia dissolves secret police

Tunisia's secret police is being dissolved, the country's interior ministry has announced.

The state security department police were accused of spying on and harassing citizens under the ousted president.

In a move sought by protesters, the ministry said on its Facebook page that it is dismantling the department "in accord with the values and the principles of the revolution".

The announcement came as Tunisia's new PM Beji Caid Essebsi named his government after a spate of resignations that has revived questions about the country's post-revolution direction.

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.

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