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Article published the Sunday 20 November 2011 - Latest update : Monday 21 November 2011

Ennahda's Jebali tipped to be Tunisia's new prime minister

The Ennahda party's Hamadi Jbeli is expected to be Tunisia's next prime minister
Reuters/Zoubeir Souissi

By RFI

Hamadi Jebali of the Islamist Ennahda looks set to become Tunisia's new prime minister, following reports that the country's three largest parties have struck a deal to form a coalition government.

The three parties' deal reportedly gives Jebali the premier's post, Moncef Marzouki of the Congress for the Republic Party (CPR), the

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presidency and Ettakatol ‘s Mustapha Ben Jaafar the presidency of the constituent assembly.

The names that have come forward still need approval but party sources say the deal is done.

The deal comes after last month's elections in which Ennahda party won 89 of 217 seats, while the Congress for the Republic 29 seats and Ettakatol only 21. Jebali is widely considered to be more moderate than Ennahda leader Rashid Ghannouchi.

However, last week he alarmed some secular Tunisians with a reference to "the caliphate", an old system of government based on Islamic sharia law.

tags: Arab Spring - Coalition - Ennahda - Government - Islamist - Mohamed Ghannouchi - Prime Minister - Tunisia
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