The Tunisian government has announced a wave of social reforms, reacting to days of demonstrations by anti-austerity protesters.
The announcement came after two hours of crisis talks at the presidential palace that included President Essebsi, political parties and trade unionists.
Officials said plans had been submitted to parliament to reform medical care, housing and increase aid to the poor.
Protests broke out ahead of seventh anniversary of the ousting of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
Emergency government meetings were held in response to protests, which have seen more than 800 people arrested.