New Tunisian govt wins confidence vote

The assembly will vote later today or Thursday on a new timetable for the constitution and elections.

New Tunisian govt wins confidence vote

World Bulletin / News Desk

Tunisia's new Islamist-led government won a confidence vote on Wednesday, as the death of an unemployed man who had set himself on fire in despair underscored the scale of its task.

Prime Minister Ali Larayedh has said the government, which was backed by 139 of the National Constituent Assembly's 217 members, would serve only until an election later in the year.

A medical source said Adel Kedhri, 27, had died in hospital after setting himself alight in the centre of Tunis, the capital, on Tuesday.

"We received the message," Larayedh said of Khedhri's death on Wednesday, without commenting further.

Presenting his government's programme the previous day, he said its priorities would be tackling unemployment, now at 17 percent, and rising prices, along with providing security.

Ennahda has ceded control of some key ministries to independents in the new one, led by the Ennahda party along with two junior secular coalition partners.

The assembly will vote later today or Thursday on a new timetable for the constitution and elections.

Those polls would end a transitional period in which Tunisia has had four interim governments since Ben Ali's overthrow.

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