Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tunisia nominates outsiders for key Cabinet posts

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, right, shakes hands with new Prime Minister Ali Larayedh in Tunis on  Friday.

Associated Press

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, right, shakes hands with new Prime Minister Ali Larayedh in Tunis on Friday.

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia's ruling party nominated several respected figures not aligned with political parties for key Cabinet posts, concessions to the opposition it hopes will defuse the country's political crisis.

While the North African nation has suffered instability since the overthrow of a decadeslong dictatorship two years ago, the killing of an opposition leader last month dramatically escalated its troubles, setting off riots around the country and leading to the resignation of the prime minister.

The government named on Friday hands the interior, foreign, defense and justice ministries over to four people outside of politics — a concession to the opposition. Two judges, a law professor and a career diplomat were appointed to the posts.

Ali Larayedh of the ruling Ennahda party, who was accused of failing to stem violence by ultraconservative Muslims when he was interior minister in the previous government, will be the new prime minister. He has said the new Cabinet will stay in place until elections this year.

The new Cabinet must be approved by lawmakers.

Tunisia nominates outsiders for key Cabinet posts 03/09/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 9, 2013 8:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. No toll lanes north of downtown Tampa in three of four interstate proposals


    TAMPA — Express lanes may not be coming to downtown Tampa after all. Or at least not to the stretch of Interstate 275 that goes north through Bearss Avenue.

    Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman discusses the new interstate options with V.M. Ybor resident Chris Vela (left), Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp and HNTB consultant Chloe Coney during a Tampa Bay Express meeting Monday night at the Barrymore Hotel. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON  |  Times]
  2. No lack of issues facing St. Petersburg's six council candidates


    ST. PETERSBURG — The six candidates for City Council gathered Monday evening in the very chamber to which they aspire to serve.

    St. Petersburg City Council candidates (from left)  Brandi Gabbard and Barclay Harless in District 2; Jerick Johnston and incumbent council member Darden Rice in District 4; and Justin Bean and Gina Driscoll of District 6. All six candidates appeared at Monday night's forum at City Hall sponsored by the League of Women Voters. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

  3. Iraq's Kurds vote on independence, raising regional fears


    IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi Kurds voted Monday in a landmark referendum on supporting independence, a move billed by the Kurdish leadership as an exercise in self-determination but viewed as a hostile act by Iraq's central government. Neighboring Turkey even threatened a military response.

    People celebrate Monday after voting closed in a referendum on independence in Irbil, Iraq.
  4. North Korean diplomat says Trump has 'declared war'


    UNITED NATIONS — North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that President Donald Trump's weekend tweet was a "declaration of war" and North Korea has the right to retaliate by shooting down U.S. bombers, even in international airspace.

    North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, center, speaks outside the U.N. Plaza Hotel in New York on Monday.
  5. Pinellas grants St. Pete's request to add millions to pier budget

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    The Pinellas County Commission has granted St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's request to dedicate millions more toward the city's new pier.

    The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday  voted 7-1 to appropriate $17.6 million for the over-water portion of the Pier District. This is a rendering of what the new Pier District could look like. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]