New premier named in Tunisia following weekend protests

A new premier in Tunisia has been named by Tunisia's interim president Foued Mebazza on Sunday, according to Yahoo! News.

"I proposed Beji Caid Essebsi for the position of prime minister, and he has accepted the responsbility," Mebazza said through a statement, Yahoo! News said.

Essebsi will replace longtime premier Mohammed Ghannouchi. Ghannouchi resigned on Sunday in hopes to bring stability back to the North African nation, according to the USA Today.

At least five people were killed over the weekend as a demonstraton turned violent. The protestors demanded resignation in the transitional government from some ministers, Yahoo! News reported.

Ghannouchi was believed to be to close to Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who had been under a month of protests and was overthrown in January, the USA Today said.

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