Tunisian legislators approve new government

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Posted: Mar 13, 2013 9:16 AM

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian lawmakers have approved a new compromise government that the dominant Islamist party hopes will quell tensions over the killing of an opposition leader and a resurgence in religious activity.

In Wednesday's vote, 139 legislators voted in favor of the government, 45 against and 13 abstained.

The last prime minister resigned after last month's killing of a vocal critic of governing Islamist party Ennahda, which set off riots around the North African country.

The new government includes several respected figures not aligned with any party, in a concession to the opposition.

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New Prime Minister Ali Larayedh pledged Wednesday to reduce violence and boost the economy.

Tunisia has struggled to stabilize since overthrowing a long dictatorship in 2011 in an uprising that prompted revolts around the Arab world.