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UPDATE 4-Tunisia's new premier promises inclusive government

* Larayedh was interior minister in outgoing cabinet * Choice of Ennahda party hardliner may anger opposition * Marzouki's secular party has said it will join coalition By Tarek Amara TUNIS, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Tunisia's prime minister-designate Ali Larayedh, a hardliner from the main Islamist Ennahda party, said on Friday he hoped to form a "government of all Tunisians", but opposition leaders swiftly signalled discontent.

Tunisia Interior Minister Larayedh put forth as new PM

Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda party has chosen Interior Minister Ali Larayedh as its candidate to replace Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, who resigned earlier this week, a party member told AFP 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.

Tunisia's Ennahda names ex-Interior Minister Larayedh for PM

TUNIS, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The leader of Tunisia's main Islamist Ennahda party said on Friday it had chosen former Interior Minister Ali Larayedh as its nominee for prime minister to succeed Hamadi Jebali. Rached Ghannouchi said on his Facebook page that Larayedh was the party's candidate. A senior Ennahda official confirmed this. (Reporting By Tarek Amara)

URGENT ¥¥¥ Tunisia Interior Minister Larayedh put forth as new PM

Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda party has chosen Interior Minister Ali Larayedh as its candidate to replace Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, who resigned earlier this week, a party member told AFP on Friday. "He is the official candidate of Ennahda for prime minister," said Mouadh Ghannouchi, son of Ennahda chief Rached Ghannouchi. str-alf/jds/al

Tunisia scrambles to find new PM, end political limbo

Tunisia was scrambling to find a replacement premier on Thursday and pull itself out of a major political crisis two days after Hamadi Jebali quit over his failure to form a cabinet of technocrats. The consultative council of Ennahda was meeting to choose a successor to Jebali, the ruling Islamist party's number two, who ruled himself out after suggestions that he might be reappointed.

Tunisia's outgoing PM apologises to Tunisian people

Tunis, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Tunisia's outgoing prime minister Hamadi Jebali apologised on Thursday to the Tunisian people and urged them to unite to pull the country out of its political crisis. Jebali, head of government for 14 months, has refused to lead the next administration and his Islamist Ennahda party says it will soon name a replacement.

Tunisia scrambles to find new PM, end political limbo

Tunisia was scrambling to find a replacement prime minister on Thursday and pull itself out of a major political crisis two days after Hamadi Jebali quit after failing to form a cabinet of technocrats. The consultative council of Ennahda was to meet later to choose a successor to Jebali, the ruling Islamist party's number two, who ruled himself out following suggestions he might be reappointed premier.

Tunisia says suspects held over Belaid killing

The Tunisian authorities have arrested suspects in this month's assassination of leading leftist opposition figure Chokri Belaid, the interior minister said. "The investigation has progressed to the point that suspects have been arrested," Ali Larayedh told reporters, without specifying the number of people detained. "The investigation has not led yet to identify the killer, those behind the murder and its motives," said Larayedh, refusing elaborate in line with a secrecy order.

Tunisia scrambles to find new PM, end political limbo

Tunisia was scrambling to find a replacement prime minister on Thursday and pull itself out of a major political crisis two days after Hamadi Jebali quit after failing to form a cabinet of technocrats. The consultative council of Ennahda was to meet later to choose a successor to Jebali, the ruling Islamist party's number two, who ruled himself out following suggestions that he might be reappointed premier.

UPDATE 5-Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda to pick hardliner for PM

* Ennahda says it will name next prime minister this week * Jebali resigned after plan for technocrat cabinet failed * Ennahda to choose PM from hardline wing-party official (Adds Jebali's speech apologising to people) By Tarek Amara TUNIS, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Tunisia's main Islamist Ennahda party will pick a hardliner to replace moderate outgoing Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali after he declined to head the next government, a party official said on Thursday.
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