Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tunisia installs Moncef Marzouki as president

Tunisia's constitutional assembly elects former activist, who returned from exile in France after fall of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali

guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 13 December 2011

"Tunisia has installed as its new president a former dissident who was imprisoned and then exiled for opposing the former president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

In the latest landmark in the country's post-revolutionary transition to democracy, members of the constitutional assembly, Tunisia's interim parliament, elected Moncef Marzouki as president, the second most powerful role after the prime minister.

Marzouki, 66, is respected by many Tunisians for his implacable opposition to the autocratic Ben Ali. As president, he will be a secularist counterweight to the moderate Islamist party Ennahda, now Tunisia's dominant political force....."

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