Tunisia has moved further along the path of democracy with the inauguration of its new president, who will unveil his government over the coming days. Moncef Marzouki is a former dissident who was imprisoned and then exiled under the rule of ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
Analysts say he will act as a secularist counterweight to the moderate Islamist party which is now Tunisia’s dominant political force. However, some opposition members fear the Islamists will hold the real power in the country.
Marzouki has said that on Wednesday he will ask Hamadi Jbeli to be prime minister. The rest of the cabinet is expected to be announced within days. The new leadership will serve for a year until the constitution is re-written and new elections are held.
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