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Tunisia’s Ennahda Nominates Larayedh for Premier, Arabiya Says

February 22, 2013

Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party nominated Interior Minister Ali Larayedh to take over as prime minister after Hamadi Jbeli resigned, Al Arabiya television said without saying where it got the information.

Jbeli, Ennadha’s secretary-general, resigned on Feb. 19, after failing to form a technocratic government to ease tensions heightened by the assassination of opposition leader Chukri Beleid on Feb. 6. He turned down the party’s request to stay as premier. Ennahda has the largest bloc of seats in parliament.

In a televised address late yesterday, Jbeli apologized for “disappointing” the people in solving the current political crisis. He urged Tunisians to unite, be patient and stop protests “until the revolution wins.”

The impasse has underscored the continued threats to stability in Tunisia two years after the uprising that ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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