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Tunisians mark 40 days since political killing

More than 1,000 people demonstrated on Saturday on the 40th day of mourning after the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, a critic of the ruling Islamists whose death plunged Tunisia into turmoil. People began gathering at midday in the cemetery in southern Tunis where Belaid is buried. He was gunned down outside his home on February 6 in a killing blamed by the authorities on radical Islamists. Several arrests in the case have been made, but the suspected killer remains at large.

Tunisia's Larayedh takes office as protester buried

Ali Larayedh became Tunisia's new Islamist premier on Thursday, taking over from his predecessor Hamadi Jebali and faced with the task of ending a political and economic crisis gripping the country. Speaking at the swearing in ceremony at the prime minister's office, Larayedh said his cabinet would listen to "the concerns of the nation and the people."

Tunisia's Larayedh takes office as protester buried

Ali Larayedh became Tunisia's new Islamist premier on Thursday, taking over from his predecessor Hamadi Jebali and faced with the task of ending a political and economic crisis gripping the country. Speaking at the swearing in ceremony at the prime minister's office, Larayedh said his cabinet would listen to "the concerns of the nation and the people."

Tunisia's Larayedh to take charge as street vendor buried

Tunisia's outgoing premier was to hand power on Thursday to fellow Islamist Ali Larayedh, who takes on the mammoth task of bringing to an end the political and economic crisis gripping the country. Larayedh was to formally assume the post from Hamadi Jebali at 1500 GMT, a day after winning parliament's approval for his new government, with Thursday's funeral of a street vendor who burnt himself to death serving as a stark reminder of the problems it faces.

UPDATE 3-Independents take senior roles in Tunisia's new Islamist-led government

* Government to rule only until elections this year * Larayedh says polls to be held by November at latest * Same three coalition parties in new government * Independents handed control of important ministries By Tarek Amara TUNIS, March 8 (Reuters) - Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh unveiled a new coalition government led by the moderate Islamist Ennahda party on Friday, saying it would serve only until an election later in the year.

Tunisia in last-minute talks to form new government

Prime minister-designate Ali Larayedh on Thursday was to hold tense, last-minute negotiations on forming a new coalition government to defuse Tunisia's political crisis. With less than 48 hours before a constitutional deadline, Larayedh, an Islamist and the outgoing administration's interior minister, left open the possibility of failure as he prepared to meet party leaders. "We have held talks with the parties individually and then in groups. Now we are going to discuss the makeup of the government. Much of it is agreed but some points remain," he told Mosaique FM radio.

Tunisia in last-minute talks to form new government

Prime minister-designate Ali Larayedh on Thursday was to hold tense, last-minute negotiations on forming a new coalition government to defuse Tunisia's political crisis. With less than 48 hours before a constitutional deadline, Larayedh, an Islamist and the outgoing administration's interior minister, left open the possibility of failure as he prepared to meet party leaders. "We have held talks with the parties individually and then in groups. Now we are going to discuss the makeup of the government. Much of it is agreed but some points remain," he told Mosaique FM radio.

Tunisia PM-designate unsure when new govt to be formed

Tunisian Prime Minister-designated Ali Larayedh said on Tuesday he did not know when he would be able to announce the formation of a new government, with only days left to finish the task. Larayedh was speaking on the radio after parliamentary speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar said in Paris he expects a new government to be formed "in the next 24 to 48 hours", even if disputes remain over portfolios and the political platform. "I don't know," Larayedh said when asked by Shems-FM radio when the new team would be put together, as a Friday deadline looms. "Soon, God willing."

Tunisia PM-designate unsure when new govt to be formed

Tunisian Prime Minister-designated Ali Larayedh said on Tuesday he did not know when he would be able to announce the formation of a new government, with only days left to finish the task. Larayedh was speaking on the radio after parliamentary speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar said in Paris he expects a new government to be formed "in the next 24 to 48 hours", even if disputes remain over portfolios and the political platform. "I don't know," Larayedh said when asked by Shems-FM radio when the new team would be put together, as a Friday deadline looms. "Soon, God willing."

Tunisia assembly leader sees new govt soon

Tunisian Prime Minister-designated Ali Larayedh said on Tuesdy he did not know when he would be able to announce the formation of a new government, with only days left to finish the task. Larayedh was speaking on the radio after parliamentary speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar said in Paris he expects a new government to be formed "in the next 24 to 48 hours", even if disputes remain over portfolios and the political platform. "I don't know," Larayedh said when asked by Shems-FM radio when the new team would be put together, as a Friday deadline looms. "Soon, God willing."
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