Tunisia's new government wins confidence vote in parliament

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Posted: Feb 05, 2015 8:30 AM

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's parliament has overwhelmingly approved the country's first full-term post-revolutionary government.

Prime Minister Habib Essid, whose cabinet includes ministers from four parties including the powerful Islamists, promised on Thursday "work and nothing but work" on the country's economic and security problems.

The government was approved with a large majority: 166 votes in favor, 30 opposed and eight abstaining.

Essid's earlier attempt to form a government consisting of just his nationalist Nida Tunis party and one other party was scrapped after it became clear it would lose the vote of confidence.

The prime minister presented his program to parliament Wednesday, focusing on securing the country against terrorist threats and controlling runaway inflation.

Tunisians overthrew their dictator in 2011 and the ensuing four years of transition were stormy.