Former Minister of the Interior Ali Laarayedh has officially been assigned as the new Tunisian Prime Minister following the resignation of Hamadi Jebali. A member of Ennahdha’s Shura Council, Zoubeier Chehoudi, told Tunisia Live that Laarayedh is to meet with the president in the next few hours to get a formal approval for his new mission to form the cabinet.
On the party’s official website, Ennahdha announced that members of the Shura Council have voted for Ali Laarayedh as a candidate for prime ministry. Justice Minister Noureddine Bhiri and Agriculture Minister Mohamed Ben Salem were reportedly potential nominees for the position as well.
“Ennahdha is to hold a press conference tomorrow in order to make the official political announcement of Laarayedh as Prime Minister,” Chehoudi said.
Following the National Constituent Assembly’s bylaws, Laarayedh has two weeks to form a new government and then present his lineup to President Moncef Marzouki, spokesperson for the presidency Adnan Mansar explained on a video posted to the official Facebook page for the presidency. Marzouki will have three days to review the suggestions before presenting them to the NCA. A plenary session will then be convened to issue final rejection or approval of the cabinet. If the NCA rejects the proposal, Laarayedh will have to start the process over.
Born in 1955 in Southern Mednine, Ali Laarayedh was Ennahdha’s spokesperson from 1981 until his arrest in 1990. He is known for having survived long-lasting torture and continual prosecution during more than three decades.
“I am optimistic because we are a great nation and I have faith in Tunisians to reach the needed consensus soon,” said Jebali in his farewell speech on Thursday.
In the wake of the rejection of Jebali’s proposal to create a technocratic government and his subsequent resignation, Laarayedh is to form a new cabinet. It will be based on a political coalition but will also include technocratic ministers, according to the recent negotiations that took place among government officials and political party representatives.