Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi (C) walks after a meeting with Tunisia's nominated prime minister Habib Essid (not pictured) in Tunis January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
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Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahda, which holds the second largest number of seats in parliament, said Sunday it would reject a government proposed last week by Prime Minister designate Habib Essid, complicating his Cabinet's ratification.Parliament will vote this week to confirm the new government that must tackle economic reforms and Islamist militants to consolidate Tunisia's young democracy after its 2011 uprising against autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.In the 217-seat parliament, Nidaa Tounes holds 86 and have some backing from the liberal, secular UPL party, which has 16 seats.Ennahda had said it was open to a unity government with Nidaa Tounes to improve stability.Abd el Aziz Kotti, a Nidaa Tounes lawmaker, said there were also divisions within the party between those backing the new government and those who opposed it because it would not be in a strong position.
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