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Ex-interior minister tasked to form new government in Tunisia, become prime minister

FILE - This May 16, 2011 file photo shows Habib Essi in Tunis. Tunisia’s largest political party has chosen Monday, Jan.5, 2015 Essi, an official of the old regime and a former interior minister, as its candidate for prime minister to form a coalition to run the country. Essid’s Nida Tunis Party won the most seats in parliament in October’s elections but not a majority. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)

FILE - This May 16, 2011 file photo shows Habib Essi in Tunis. Tunisia’s largest political party has chosen Monday, Jan.5, 2015 Essi, an official of the old regime and a former interior minister, as its candidate for prime minister to form a coalition to run the country. Essid’s Nida Tunis Party won the most seats in parliament in October’s elections but not a majority. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)  (The Associated Press)

Tunisia's largest political party has chosen an official of the old regime and a former interior minister as its candidate for prime minister and tasked him with forming a coalition to run the country.

Habib Essid occupied several posts under former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, including in the Interior Ministry, which manages the police.

In the aftermath of the revolution that overthrew Ben Ali in 2011, he held the post of interior minister in one of the transitional governments.

Essid's Nida Tunis Party won the most seats in parliament in October's elections but not a majority.

He now has a month to form a coalition with the other parties and present newly inaugurated President Beji Caid Essebsi with a Cabinet.