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Fresh protests in Tunis.

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Tunisians protested outside parliament on Tuesday a week after a youth demonstrator was killed and hundreds have been jailed in mass riots and rallies.

The parliament in the capital Tunis was heavily guarded as lawmakers voted on a new government after Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi announced a reshuffle last week amid the unrest.

He promised that the new team would concentrate on deep reforms to create jobs and improve living conditions as the coronavirus pandemic worsens the economic crisis.

However, reports suggest that 4 of his 11 proposed new Cabinet members are facing investigations or are under suspicions of corruption.

The protests, called for by human rights and other groups, demanded the release of the somewhat 600 arrested during the month of demonstrations and denounced repressive police measures.

Meanwhile, President Kais Saied said the government reshuffle is unconstitutional, because the prime minister didn’t follow procedure by not informing the president first.

The confidence vote is scheduled at the end of the day, with lawmakers voting on the new members of the government one-by-one.

The protests started on the 10th anniversary of the revolution that started the Arab Spring.

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