Tunisia president appoints Islamist PM

2011-12-14 15:56
Tunis - Tunisia's new president has asked the secretary general of the Islamist party that dominated elections in November to form the next government.

Hamadi Jebali has three weeks to form the next interim government but he is expected to present it as soon as the end of the week because of the pressing problems the country faces.

Tunisians overthrew their long-ruling dictator in January, sparking pro-democracy protests across the Arab world.

A long-repressed moderate Islamist party then won the most seats in October's election for an assembly to form an interim government and write the new constitution.

Ennahda has formed a ruling coalition with the liberal Congress for the Republic and the left-of-centre Ettakatol, or Forum Party.

The assembly elected veteran rights activist Moncef Marzouki as president.
- AP
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