Tunisian President, Beji Caid Essebsi leaves after a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Houari-Boumediene international airport on February 4, 2015, outside the capital Algiers. AFP PHOTO/FAROUK BATICHE
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Tunisia's parliament Thursday approved a coalition government led by the secular Nidaa Tounes party and including moderate Islamist rivals Ennahda, following landmark elections in the birthplace of the Arab Spring."The motto of this government will be work, then work ... and nothing other than work," pledged Prime Minister Habib Essid, an independent.His is the first government to be formed after the North African country's first free presidential and parliamentary elections last year.Along with two other parties, the government has a commanding majority of 179 seats.Essid, a senior bureaucrat under Ben Ali before becoming interior minister in a first post-revolution government, also held top positions under an interim coalition led by Ennahda until early last year.
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