UPDATE 1-Islamists take Tunisia's foreign, justice top jobs

Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:27pm GMT

* Islamists take foreign and justice top jobs

* Independent named finance minister

* Assembly should approve nominees Friday (Adds details, background)

By Tarek Amara

TUNIS, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Tunisia's Prime Minister-designate Hamadi Jbeli on Thursday named a fellow member of his moderate Ennahda Islamist party as foreign minister and made a non-partisan economist, a university professor, finance minister.

Addressing a Constituent Assembly elected in October polls won by Ennahda, Jbeli said he named Rafik Abdesslem as foreign affairs minister and Hussein Dimassi as finance minister.

"Tunisia has to be built by everyone, whether they are in the (coalition) government or the opposition, women or men," said Jbeli, promising 25,000 public sector jobs and closer ties with Libya, Gulf Arab and European countries.

"Our priority is to pay moral and material tribute to the families of the martyrs and the wounded of the revolution," he added. He said corruption would not be tolerated.

The new foreign minister, Abdesslem is an ex-analyst with Qatar-based television network al Jazeera and married to one of the daughters of Ennahda's leader, Rachid Ghannouchi.   Continued...

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