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Tunisia ruling Islamists to give up key ministries

Tunisia's ruling Islamists said Wednesday they have agreed to give up key ministries to independents, a key concession that could speed up the formation of a new government and end a political crisis. "We confirm the 'neutralistion' of the four sovereign ministries," Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the ruling Ennahda party, said on Radio Kalima, referring to the interior, justice, foreign and defence portfolios. Ennahda controls the ministries of the interior, justice and foreign affairs.

Tunisia says Salafists behind Belaid murder, 4 held

Radical Salafist Muslims murdered Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid, with four suspects arrested and the killer identified but still on the run, Interior Minister Ali Larayedh said on Tuesday. The breakthrough comes as Larayedh, named as prime minister-designate, presses efforts to form a new government aimed at pulling Tunisia out of a deep political crisis sparked by the February 6 killing of Belaid outside his home in Tunis. "The killer has been identified and is being chased," Larayedh told a news conference.

Belaid's killer on run, four held: Tunisia minister

The suspected murderer of Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid has been identified and is on run but four of his accomplices have been arrested, Interior Minister Ali Larayedh said on Tuesday. "The killer has been identified and is being chased," Larayedh told a news conference. "Four other suspects have been arrested. They belong to a radical religious" group, said Larayedh, who is also prime-minister designate tasked with forming a new government.

Islamist Ghannouchi holds key to end Tunisia crisis

A solution to Tunisia's political crisis lies with Rached Ghannouchi, hardline leader of Ennahda party, but his determination to see the Islamists retain power is foiling efforts to end the deadlock, experts say. Ghannouchi, respectfully called as "The Sheikh" by supporters, made his intentions clear on February 16 by telling a rally that "Ennahda ... will never give up power, as long as it benefits from the confidence of the people and the legitimacy of the ballot."

Tunisia new PM starts work on forming government

Tunisian prime minister-designate Ali Larayedh was to start work Saturday on forming a new government after his predecessor and fellow Islamist Hamadi Jebali stepped down in the face of a political deadlock. Rached Ghannouchi, who heads the two men's Islamist party Ennahda, said the efforts were focused on enlarging the three-member ruling coalition to add another two parties. The alliance currently groups Ennahda with two secular, centre-left parties: President Moncef Marzouki's Congress for the Republic and Ettakatol.

Tunisia new PM starts work on forming government

Tunisia's prime minister-designate, Ali Larayedh, was to start work Saturday on forming a new government after his predecessor and fellow Islamist Hamadi Jebali stepped down in the face of a political deadlock. Rached Ghannouchi, who heads the two men's Islamist party Ennahda, said the efforts were focused on enlarging the three-member ruling coalition to add another two parties. The alliance currently groups Ennahda with two secular, centre-left parties: President Moncef Marzouki's Congress for the Republic (CPR) and Ettakatol.

PM designate vows government for all Tunisians

Ali Larayedh, the Islamist interior minister tapped to become Tunisia's next prime minister, pledged on Friday to form a cabinet representing all Tunisian men and women and upholding gender equality. "We are going to enter the phase of forming a new government that will be for all Tunisian men and women, taking into account the fact that men and women have equal rights and responsibilities," said Larayedh on his promotion from interior minister.

PM designate vows government for all Tunisians

Ali Larayedh, the Islamist interior minister tapped to become Tunisia's next prime minister, pledged on Friday to form a cabinet representing all Tunisian men and women and upholding gender equality. "We are going to enter the phase of forming a new government that will be for all Tunisian men and women, taking into account the fact that men and women have equal rights and responsibilities," he said. President Moncef Marzouki tasked Larayedh with forming a new government after fellow Islamist Hamadi Jebali resigned in the face of a political crisis.

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Ali Larayedh, the Islamist interior minister tapped to become Tunisia's next premier, pledged on Friday to form a cabinet representing all Tunisian men and women and upholding gender equality. "We are going to enter the phase of forming a new government that will be for all Tunisian men and women, taking into account the fact that men and women have equal rights and responsibilities," he said after agreeing to succeed outgoing fellow Islamist Hamadi Jebali. bsh-alf/sma/hc

Tunisia interior minister tapped to become new PM

Tunisia's ruling party has tapped Interior Minister Ali Larayedh as its candidate to replace Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, who resigned this week amid a major political crisis, the party said on Friday. "He is the official candidate of Ennahda for prime minister," said Mouadh Ghannouchi, son of Ennahda chief Rached Ghannouchi. The party leader and Larayedh, 57, will now meet with President Moncef Marzouki, who is expected to task the interior minister with forming a new government.
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