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Tunisia's PM Ghannouchi defends new gov't

01-18-2011 18:52 BJT

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Tunisia's prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi, has defended his new unity government after critics attacked his decision to remain some ministers who served under the country's ousted president.

Ghannouchi brought opposition leaders into the new coalition after ousted president, Zine al Abedine Ben Ali, fled to Saudi Arabia. An election is two months away. Ghannouchi said old ministers had been kept, because they were needed in the run-up to elections and were reliable. They have tried to put together a mix, taking into account different forces in the country to create conditions needed to begin reforms. Weeks of protests against poverty and unemployment in Tunisia forced Ben Ali to step down.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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