22 February 2013 10:57 am | | 0


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Outgoing Prime Minister Jebali (center) sits next to Interior Minister Laarayedh (left), a potential candidate to replace Jebali (Courtesy of the Tunisian Presidency’s official Facebook page)

The Shura Council of the ruling Ennahdha party has chosen a candidate to replace former Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali and plans to publicly announce its selection today, Zoubeir Chehoudi, a member of the Shura Council, told Tunisia Live.

He added that Rached Ghannouchi, the founder of Ennahdha, will meet today with President Moncef Marzouki, who must sign off on the candidate.

While the Shura Council has not yet released the candidate’s name, local media outlets have started to speculate about the identity of the next prime minister.

Justice Minister Noureddine Bhiri and Agriculture Minister Mohamed Ben Salem are both in the running, Adbelfattah Mourou, vice president of Ennahdha and Shura Council member, told Tunisian news agency TAP yesterday.

He added that current Health Minister Abdellatif Mekki has declined his nomination.

But Tunisian radio Mosaique FM reported today that Ennahdha has chosen Ali Laaraydeh, minister of interior, as its candidate.

Jebali made a speech Thursday night apologizing to Tunisians for failing and disappointing them. He added that, “Tunisians must be patient during the coming months… demands and sit-ins must stop until the revolution wins.”

Jebali announced his resignation Tuesday after his call to form a non-partisan, technocratic government to address the country’s political crisis was rejected by his own party. Still, Ghannouchi had said he hoped Jebali would remain as head of the government.

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