|Tunisia's Prime Minister Ali Larayedh speaks as he announces his resignation during a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia, January 9, 2014. Tunisia's Prime Minister Ali Larayedh resigned on Thursday to make way for a caretaker administration as part of a deal with his opponents. (Xinhua/Adher)
TUNIS, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh officially tendered his resignation Thursday afternoon to President Moncef Marzouki, who will appoint Mehdi Jomaa as his successor in a few hours.
Mehdi Ben Jomaa, who served as minister of industry under Laarayedh's government, is expected to announce in a few days the line-up of his caretaker government, which is tasked with organizing upcoming elections, fighting religious extremism and reviving economic growth marred by political turmoil.
Laarayedh's resignation came one day after the National Constituent Assembly approved the nomination of an electoral commission, which will oversee Tunisia's upcoming presidential and parliamentary polls.
His resignation is in accordance with a roadmap put forward by the country's labor union and other national organizations mediating between Tunisia's warring political parties.
Their efforts aim to end the political crisis that erupted in the aftermath of the assassination of the opposition lawmaker Mohamed Brahmi in July.
Laarayedh said that the transition in Tunisia is on the right track and his government's resignation will speed up its steps.
The Tunisian constitution is set to be voted on by Jan. 13, one day before the nation celebrates the third anniversary of the ouster of former strongman leader Zine Abidine Ben Ali.