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Tunisia finance minister quits

TUNIS, July 27, 2012 (AFP) –

Tunisian Finance Minister Houcine Dimassi has resigned following a disagreement with the policies of the government led by Islamist Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, an official said on Friday.

“I can confirm the resignation, which has been accepted,” Ridha Kazdaghli, an aide to Jebali, told AFP.

In his letter, a copy of which was seen by AFP, Dimassi said he was standing down over differences with the government on its economic, monetary and social policies.

He singled out the sacking of central bank governor Mustapha Kamel Nabli and the “arbitrary manner” in which his successor Chedly Ayari was appointed this week.

The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) on Tuesday appointed Ayari as the new central bank governor after weeks of heated debate and another stormy session in the interim parliament.

One of few independents in the cabinet, Dimassi was the second to storm out since the formation in December last year of the Islamist-dominated government.

In June, administrative reform minister Mohamed Abbou resigned over obstacles to the fight against corruption.

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