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Tunisia gets new prime minister

2011-02-27 22:53

Tunis - Tunisia's interim president has named former government minister Beji Caid-Essebsi as the country's new prime minister and called for calm to return after violent new protests.

The appointment by caretaker President Fouad Mebazaa on Sunday comes just hours after long time premier Mohammed Ghannouchi said he would resign in an attempt to return the North African nation to stability.

Ghannouchi was seen by many as being too close to ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was overthrown in January amid after a month of popular protests.