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New Tunisian government sworn in

Tunisia's first freely-elected government has been sworn-in following a popular uprising earlier this year.

The new government led by moderate Islamist party Ennahda received a vote of confidence in parliament on Friday and was sworn in on Christmas Eve.

Tunisia threw off decades of authoritarian rule in January and held widely-praised elections but prime minister Hamadi Jebali warned the country faces many challenges, including high unemployment, pockets of unrest and a stagnating economy.

Tunisia's democratic transition is being closely watched since its revolt led to a rash of similar uprisings across the Arab world.

Its new government is still only temporary, running the country until a new constitution is written and another round of elections held.


From Belfast Telegraph