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New Prime Minister Habib Essid promises bright future for Tunisia

Tunisia’s first freely-elected President, Beij Caid Essebsi, has chosen a fellow veteran of the former regime of Habib Essid to become prime minister

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New Prime Minister Habib Essid promises bright future for Tunisia

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Tunisia’s first freely-elected President, Beij Caid Essebsi, has chosen a fellow veteran of the former regime of Habib Essid to become prime minister and form a new government.

His party only holds 87 seats in the 217 seat chamber following October’s historic vote, and he will only have a month to try and turn that into into a base for an administration.

Essid has already said he will be meeting with representatives from other parties in a bid to form an inclusive Second Republic in Tunisia.

While isolated killings have robbed Tunisians of many vital voices that drove their 2011 Spring rebellion and which could have proved invaluable for the coming post-electoral period, the country has not suffered the spiral down into disorder seen in Libya and Egypt following the ousting of long-standing dictators.

Tunisia’s radical Muslim Ennahda party has also been less able to galvanise mass public support than radicals in the other two north African states.