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    Tunisia’s Islamist prime minister resigns

    Tunisia’s Islamist prime minister, Ali Larayedh, had agreed to step down.
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    Tunisia’s Islamist prime minister, Ali Larayedh, had agreed to step down.

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s Islamist prime minister has announced his resignation in favor of a caretaker government that will supervise new elections.

    Ali Larayedh of the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party had agreed to step down after lengthy negotiations with the opposition following a political crisis brought about by the assassination of a left-wing politician in July.

    The resignation of the Ennahda-led government in favor of a cabinet of technocrats has been seen as an implicit admission of the Islamists’ failure to manage the transition following the 2011 overthrow of Tunisia’s dictator.

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    Tunisia’s assembly is in the process of approving a new constitution, and elections for a new government will be held this year.

    ‘‘I hope the country will be a model for democratic transition,’’ Larayedh told reporters Thursday after presenting his resignation at the presidential palace.