Tunisia premier names new cabinet for caretaker government

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 26, 2014 3:35 PM

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa on Sunday named a new caretaker cabinet to govern until elections in one of the last steps to democracy three years after the uprising against autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

Jomaa, a technocrat, was appointed in December after ruling Islamists agreed to step down in a deal with secular opponents to end a political crisis.

He named Hakim Ben Hammouda, an economist with experience at the African Development Bank, as finance minister and Mongi Hamdi, a former U.N. official, as his foreign minister.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Andrew Heavens)