Tunisia PM gets new security adviser

TUNIS – The Tunisian government on Tuesday named a security adviser to Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa.

In a statement, the government said that Mohamed Lasaad Dreiz was appointed a security adviser to the Tunisian Premier.

Dreiz had held the same position in the government of former premier Hamadi Jebali. He had also served as the head of a National Security prison authority.

The announcement came two days after Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddouh appointed new directors to the country's National Security Authority and the Tunisian Police Academy.

Tunisia's political forces had agreed to hold widespread reshuffles in the new government.

Last week, Jomaa appointed 18 new governors, a move seen by observers as a step towards neutralizing the government from political affiliations ahead of the upcoming general elections.

Tunisia, the first Arab Spring country, received international praise in January after ratifying a new constitution drafted by the elected National Constituent Assembly.

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