Tunisia’s fledgling government pledged to focus on security and prepare for new presidential polls, according to government spokesman Tayyib Al Bakouchi. President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s 23 years of rule has been toppled by an uprising, which started in December.

The new government vowed to restore goods and real estate appropriated by the ruling party under Ali, and reopen schools, USA Today reports.

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi’s interim government pledged to hold elections within the next six months, BBC reports. Ghannouchi said he would quit “in the shortest possible timeframe.”

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