Tunisia premier forms new government after elections

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Posted: Jan 23, 2015 8:46 AM

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's nominated prime minister Habib Essid said on Friday he had formed his new government after negotiations among secular party Nidaa Tounes and other smaller partners in the parliament, but without any posts appointed to Islamist party Ennahda.

The full assembly must now vote to accept the new parliament. Nidaa Tounes party won the most seats in parliament in an October election, one of the last steps in Tunisia's path to full democracy after its 2011 uprising.

Ennahda, with the second largest number of seats in the assembly, had pushed for a unity government with Nidaa Tounes to help Tunisia's stability as the new government tackles economic reforms and security.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Alison Williams)