Tunisian assembly approves new cabinet

December 23, 2011 23:55

TUNIS - Tunisia's assembly on Friday approved a cabinet proposed by prime minister-designate Hamadi Jbeli which will have the task of trying to restore order and reinvigorate a post-revolutionary economy.

A total of 154 members of the 217-seat constituent assembly approved the new government, 38 members voted against and the rest abstained.

Tunisia electrified the Arab world when it overthrew its autocratic leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January. Since then the country has been buffeted by social unrest, political turmoil and rows over the role of Islam.

The moderate Islamist Ennahda party won the biggest number of seats in an October election to an assembly to choose a caretaker government, rewrite the constitution and schedule fresh elections.

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