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    Tunisia’s New Government To Be Finalized Friday 2 December

    By Ahmed Ellali | Nov 27 2011 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

    Tags: Ministers ,Ministries ,nominations of the Tunisian Government ,the general meeting of the Constituent Assembly

    Next Friday, the members of  the Constituent Assembly will officially elect the interim President, who will in turn designate the Prime Minister who will be in charge of forming the new government.

    Meanwhile, consultations are still in progress in regards to the new ministers, and it is expected that the majority of those appointed will be from Ennahda, the CPR (Congress for the Republic) and Ettakatol.

    As far as Ettakatol is concerned, Mr. Khalil Zawiya is currently the favorite runner-up for the post of Minister of Social Affairs, Abdul Hay Chwikha for that of Minister of Finance, and Abdul Latif Abid at the Ministry of Education.

    As for members of the CPR likely to be nominated within the new government, we can name: Samir Ben Amor, as Minister of Transportation, and Salim Ben Hmiden, as Minister for Youth and Sports.

    The key Ministries, namely those of Interior, Foreign Affairs, and that of Justice, are expected to be taken charge of by members of Ennahda. The moderate islamic party actually insists that the Prime Minister be chosen among members of the party that disposes of the biggest number of seats – a request that has met vivid opposition among CPR and Ettakatol commissions. Thereby, Noureddine Bhiri is tipped to become Minister of Interior, and the Ministry of Justice will be handed over to either Abdul Razzak Kilani, Farid Annasri or Abdelfattah Mourou. Samir Dilou, one of the leaders of Ennahda, is to be nominated at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    With respect to other ministries, Abdul Karim Zoubaidy will remain at the head of the Ministry of Defence, while those recommended to lead the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technology, and the Ministry of Culture are respectively: Mohammed Ben Salem, Abdessalem Mseddi, Abu Yoorob Marzouki and Abdul Jalil Tmimi.

    Other key political figures, such as Yadh Ben Achour, head of the High Authority for the Achievement of the Revolution Objectives (HAARO), Kamel Jendoubi, head of the High Authority for the Elections (ISIE), as well as leaders of the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), were also called in to take part in the new government, but declined the offer.

    Source: Assabah, Almaghreb.

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      Lutfiya /

      You say “The moderate islamic party actually insists that the Prime Minister be chosen among members of the party that disposes of the biggest number of seats ” Do you think that is somehow unreasonable. Do you not think the Tunisian people desreve to have the largest party by far to propose the Prime Minister. The people overwhelming favoured Ennahda. Perhaps instead we should install an atheist leader to protect atheist interests? As it happens CPR could have supplied good candidates for PM but the point is they did not get the publics votes to the same degree.

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