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Tunisia nominates outsiders for key Cabinet posts

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, right, shakes hands with new Prime Minister Ali Larayedh in Tunis on  Friday.

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Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, right, shakes hands with new Prime Minister Ali Larayedh in Tunis on Friday.

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia's ruling party nominated several respected figures not aligned with political parties for key Cabinet posts, concessions to the opposition it hopes will defuse the country's political crisis.

While the North African nation has suffered instability since the overthrow of a decadeslong dictatorship two years ago, the killing of an opposition leader last month dramatically escalated its troubles, setting off riots around the country and leading to the resignation of the prime minister.

The government named on Friday hands the interior, foreign, defense and justice ministries over to four people outside of politics — a concession to the opposition. Two judges, a law professor and a career diplomat were appointed to the posts.

Ali Larayedh of the ruling Ennahda party, who was accused of failing to stem violence by ultraconservative Muslims when he was interior minister in the previous government, will be the new prime minister. He has said the new Cabinet will stay in place until elections this year.

The new Cabinet must be approved by lawmakers.

Tunisia nominates outsiders for key Cabinet posts 03/09/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 9, 2013 8:58pm]
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