Tunisia party to pick hardliner as PM

February 22, 2013 - 5:00:44 am
TUNIS: 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 yesterday.
Jebali, who is secretary-general of Ennahda, resigned on Tuesday after his plan for a apolitical technocrat cabinet to prepare for elections collapsed, largely because of opposition from within his own party and its leader, Rached Ghannouchi. 
“Jebali declined to accept nomination (for next prime minister),” Ennahda said. “A new candidate will be presented to the president of the republic this week.” REUTERS