Tunisia's interim president backs a unity govt

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 15, 2011 16:47

 
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TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia swore in a new interim president on Saturday and he has asked the prime minister to form a unity government.

Longtime autocratic ruler President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country Friday for Saudi Arabia following a popular uprising and deadly riots.

Fouad Mebazaa, the former president of the lower house of parliament, was sworn in as chief of state on Saturday. He says he asked the premier to form a "national unity government in the country's best interests."

Mebazaa said in his first televised address that all political parties including the opposition will be consulted "without exception nor exclusion."

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