Tunisia's new PM takes office after Islamists resign: state news agency

Tunisia's Industry Minister Mehdi is pictured in his office in Tunis
Tunisia's new prime minister Mehdi Jomaa is pictured in his office in Tunis in this June 25, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Anis Mili/Files

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's new premier Mehdi Jomaa took office on Friday to lead a caretaker government until elections this year, the state news agency said, after the ruling Islamist party resigned in a deal to complete a transition to democracy.

Jomaa will head a non-partisan cabinet appointed after compromise between the Islamists and secular opponents to end months of crisis three years after Tunisia's uprising against autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.