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Tunisian government to resign after no confidence vote

Prime Minister Habib Essid has been dismissed following a no confidence vote Credit: Reuters

Parliamentarians in Tunisia voted to dismiss Prime Minister Habib Essid after a no confidence ballot, clearing the way for a new government to speed up economic reforms.

Essid, who had been in office less than two years, was criticised for failing to push through a financial reforms package to create jobs and growth.

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has also called for a new unity government to push through reforms quickly.

Tunisia was the first country involved in the 'Arab Spring' and is seen as one of the most successful uprisings, since the country was able to transition into a parliamentary democracy.

IOC panel will have final say over Russian athletes

Russian athletes need to be cleared to participate in the Rio Games Credit: Reuters

An International Olympic Committee (IOC) panel of three will have the final say on which Russian athletes can compete at the Rio Olympic Games.

The panel will review all decisions made by international federations, the IOC said Saturday.

Earlier this month the IOC set criteria for Russians to compete in Rio after the sporting world was rocked by revelations of state-backed doping in the country.

More than 250 Russian athletes have so far been cleared to compete in this year's games, which start next week.


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