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Tunisia's Ennahda names Interior Minister Larayedh for PM

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:41 GMT
Author: Reuters
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TUNIS, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The leader of Tunisia's main Islamist Ennahda party said on Friday it had chosen former Interior Minister Ali Larayedh as its nominee for prime minister to succeed Hamadi Jebali.

Rached Ghannouchi said on his Facebook page that Larayedh was Ennahda's candidate. A senior party official confirmed this.

The nomination from Ennahda, the biggest party in the National Constituent Assembly, will be submitted to secular President Moncef Marzouki.

Larayedh, 58, is viewed as belonging to Ennahda's hardline wing, which rejects any political role for parties linked to the era of deposed President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

A naval engineer, Larayedh spent 15 years in jail under Ben Ali. He became interior minister when Jebali's government was formed in December 2011 after an election in October.

Jebali, the outgoing premier, refused to head the next government after his Ennahda party rejected his plan for an l technocrat cabinet to prepare for elections, which he had proposed after the killing of an opposition leader plunged Tunisia into its worst crisis since Ben Ali fell two years ago. (Reporting By Tarek Amara; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

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