Tunisia Islamist Prime Minister Resigns

Hands over power to caretaker government until elections later this year


Tunisia's Islamist prime minister Ali Larayedh has resigned to make way for a non-partisan caretaker government as part of a deal with his opponents to complete a transition to democracy.

Three years after an uprising against autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia is in the final stages of establishing a full democracy before elections that would be a rare bright spot in an unstable region.