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Tunisia PM designate says tasked anew to form government

AFP , Sunday 26 Jan 2014
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki (L) shakes hands with Tunisia's Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa after Jomaa spoke during a news conference in Tunis January 26, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Prime minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa said on Tunisian television Sunday he was asked anew by the president to form a government to steer the country out of crisis.

Jomaa had been expected to submit his lineup to President Moncef Marzouki on Saturday but shortly after midnight he announced his failure to form a new government.

Media outlets have said the main sticking point was the identity of the future interior minister, at a time when Tunisia is gripped by deep political crisis and mounting unrest.

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