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Oman, Tunisia Put New Ministers In Some Key Posts

Mar 7, 2011

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While much of the world's attention remains focused on Libya and leader Moammar Gadhafi's battle to remain in power, developments continue in other countries in northern Africa and the Middle East that have been rocked by protests (or where leaders fear such protests) in recent weeks. Today:

— Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi, who has been in office about a week, named six new government ministers. He is keeping on, the Associated Press says, "the heads of the key defense, interior, justice and foreign affairs ministries."

— "Oman reshuffled its cabinet," Reuters writes, "changing several ministerial posts including the economy minister, state television reported." It is, Reuters adds, "the third caretaker administration since the overthrow of veteran leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January."

— In Manama, Bahrain, "hundreds of members of Bahrain's Shiite majority protested outside the U.S. Embassy ... in a call for Washington to support their campaign for greater political freedom," the Associated Press writes.

Reminder: NPR's Andy Carvin (@acarvin) continues to follow what's being reported on Twitter about events in all those countries and elsewhere in the region.

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