Old regime's Essid named to form new Tunisia govt

January 5, 2015 12:35 PM

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Ex-interior minister Habib Essid, who held a number of posts under Tunisia's ousted regime, has been tasked with forming a government as prime minister designate, he told reporters Monday.

Essid, a top interior ministry civil servant under toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, made the announcement after a meeting with Beji Caid Essebsi who last month won Tunisia's first free presidential election.

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