Tunisia: Mohamed Ennaceur voted president of new Parliament

From Nidaa Tounes, he served as minister under Bourghiba

04 December, 20:09

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, DECEMBER 4 - The Assembly of the representatives of the People, the new parliament that has emerged from national elections on October 26, elected on Thursday a new president, Mohamed Ennaceur, 80, a lawmaker from the secular party with relative majority, Nidaa Tounes, and ex-minister under the ''father of Tunisian independence'' Habib Bourghiba.

    Ennaceur was elected with 176 yes votes out of the 214 MPs present in the 217-seat assembly, including four annulled votes and 34 blank ballots.

    An attorney, Ennaceur served several times as minister for social affairs during the presidency of Habib Bourghiba, and after the ''jasmine revolution'' under the governments of Mohamed Ghannouchi and Béji Cad Essebsi.

    Later in the day the Assembly will also choose the vice-president - among candidates Abdelfattah Mourour from Ennhadha and Mbarka Brahimi of the Popular Front - and the stand-in, a post for which a candidate is Faouzia Ben Fedha Chaal from Upl (Union patriotique libre).(ANSAmed).

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