- Associated Press - Saturday, January 29, 2011

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The governor of Tunisia’s central bank said Saturday that his country is back in business, welcoming back investors and will instill transparency as attempts to allay any fears about commerce there.

Mustapha Kamel Nabli, appointed governor of the country’s central bank earlier this week, said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum that the mere fact he was there was a clear indication that “things are under control economically.”

He pledged that corruption and cronyism in the North African nation would be replaced by transparency.

It has been two weeks since the North African nation ousted longtime strongman President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 14 after 23 years in power.

Many protesters had been angry over the lack of jobs, corruption and repression under Ben Ali.

“Revolutions always create some instability. It is the way you deal with them and the way you resolve them that is important,” Nabli told reporters. “We think it is an ongoing process and the stability is coming back. We think it will be consolidated in the next weeks and months.”

Tunisia’s new interim Cabinet, its second in 10 days, is a caretaker government intended to prepare for elections in six to seven months.

The new Cabinet includes 12 new ministers and nine holdovers from the prior interim government that had been named on Jan. 17.

Nabli said despite the recent protests there, it was not something that would deter investment or commerce.

“It does not worry me that people protest, that is part of democracy. But, it is really (important) that people start going back to work, and people are, almost everywhere, people are back to work,” he said. “Public services are being delivered, people are doing their daily business almost normally.

“And protests, they will continue, so fine, we don’t see any problem with that.”

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