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Tunisian gov’t sworn in
AFP | Dec 24,2011 | 22:16
TUNIS — Tunisia's new government was sworn in on Saturday by the country's president, who told the ministers to get straight down to work.
Headed by Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali of the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party, the 30 ministers and 11 more junior secretaries of state took the oath at the presidential palace in Carthage before head of state Moncef Marzouki.
"To work, to work, to work," Marzouki said following the ceremony.
The line-up was approved Friday by the country's constituent assembly in a confidence vote with 154 in favour, 38 opposed and 11 abstaining, after a full day's debate.
The 41-member Cabinet was the subject of weeks of negotiations between Ennahda and its two left-leaning allies.
Ennahda, which came first in the elections for the assembly in October, has kept the key interior, foreign affairs and justice ministries among others.
The creation of a new government is a major milestone for Tunisia following the popular revolt which ousted president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali, who had been in power for 23 years, in January.
It triggered what became known as the Arab Spring — uprisings across the region that also led to the overthrow of veteran dictators in Libya and Egypt.
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