Tunisia President appoints Islamist Prime Minister

Tunisia`s new President has asked the secretary general of the Islamist party that dominated last month`s elections to form the next government.

Updated: Dec 14, 2011, 20:54 PM IST

Tunis: Tunisia`s new President has asked the
secretary general of the Islamist party that dominated last
month`s elections 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-center Ettakatol, or
Forum Party.

The assembly elected veteran rights activist Moncef
Marzouki president.

PTI