Tunisian Islamists say reject new government before vote

Reuters , Sunday 25 Jan 2015

Habib Essid
Tunisia's Habib Essid (Photo:Reuters)

Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahda, which holds the second largest number of seats in parliament, said on Sunday it would reject a government proposed last week by Prime Minister designate Habib Essid.

Parliament is due to vote on the new cabinet this week.

"We decided not to approve this government because it does not represent all the political classes and it breaks with the consensual way we have worked recently," Ennahda leader Sahbi Atig, told Reuters after a party meeting.

Essid has proposed a cabinet formed from the main secular Nidaa Tounes party and smaller partners, but no posts went to the two other main blocks in the parliament, Ennahda and the leftist Popular Front. 

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