Tunisia Islamist party chooses new prime minister

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, right, receives a letter regarding the appointment of Interior Minister Ali Larayedh to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali from Ennahda ruling party's leader Rached Ghannouchi prior to a meeting at the presidential palace in Carthage near Tunis, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Friday has asked incumbent Interior Minister Ali Laarayedh from the ruling Ennahdha to form a new government in two weeks, according to the presidential office. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's ruling Islamist party has chosen an interior minister seen as a hardliner to form a new government, a top official said Friday, in a signal the government is unlikely to back down to opposition demands to try to smooth over the country's political crisis.

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