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Tunisian minister resigns over govt dispute

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – A Tunisian minister is resigning in the latest sign of cracks in the nation’s coalition government.

Mohammed Abbou, the minister of administrative reform, told The Associated Press he is quitting because wasn’t being given enough authority by the prime minister to fight corruption.

Tunisia’s government unites the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party of Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali with two other leftist parties.

Abbou hails from the party of President Moncef Marzouki, who recently quarreled with the prime minister over his decision to extradite a high ranking Libyan official.

Marzouki’s press counselor, Ayoub Messaoudi, and his economic adviser, Chawki Abid, have also resigned in recent days.

Some party members oppose the alliance with the poweful Islamists.

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