Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki (L) shakes hands with Tunisia's Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa after Jomaa spoke during a news conference in Tunis January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
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Lawmakers were to vote Sunday on a new constitution, three years after Tunisia's revolution, with the premier-designate to unveil his cabinet on a landmark day for the Arab Spring's birthplace.Mehdi Jomaa was again asked by President Moncef Marzouki to form a government to steer Tunisia out of crisis, after failing to muster sufficient political consensus to do so on Saturday.Jomaa's difficulty in forging a consensus on the interim government of independents highlights the political divisions still plaguing Tunisia, after the assassinations last year of two prominent opposition politicians.If passed, and Jomaa succeeds in forming a new government, he still faces formidable challenges, notably in containing armed jihadists blamed for last year's political assassinations, and confronting persistent social problems, including poverty and unemployment, key factors behind the 2011 uprising.Several Tunisian media outlets said the main sticking point in the negotiations for a new government was the new interior minister.
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