Islamists given Tunisia's foreign, justice ministries

December 22, 2011 17:53

TUNIS - Tunisia's Prime Minister-designate Hamadi Jbeli on Thursday named a fellow member of his Ennahda moderate Islamist party as foreign minister and an independent economist and university professor as finance minister.

Addressing a Constituent Assembly elected in October polls won by Ennahda, Jbeli said he named Rafik Abdesslem as foreign affairs minister and Hussein Dimassi as finance minister.

Two other members of Ennahda, Ali Laârayedh and Noureddine Bhiri were appointed to the interior and the justice ministries respectively.

Tunisia electrified the Arab world when it overthrew its autocratic leader in January, but since then the caretaker authorities have been buffeted by social unrest, political turmoil and rows over the role of Islam in the political system.

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