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Jabali tasked with forming Tunisia government

December 14, 2011
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Hamadi Jabali, secretary-general of Al Nahda, the moderate Islamist party that won the national elections in Tunisia, was on Wednesday tasked with forming the new government. “The President Munsif Al Marzouqi has charged Hamadi Jabali, the candidate of the party that won the highest number of seats in the national constituent assembly, with forming...
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Bahrain launches online Haj assessment service

December 14, 2011
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Bahrain’s justice and Islamic affairs and endowment ministry has launched an online service to assess people’s appreciation of the various Haj (pilgrimage) operators. “The service allows those who performed Haj to express their assessment of their operators,” Abdul Nasser Abdullah, the head of umrah and haj at the ministry, said on Wednesday. “Those who...
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Syria’s mufti warns against schemes targeting Egypt

December 14, 2011
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Syria’s Grand Mufti Ahmad Hassoun said that he had information about a plot to divide Egypt. “There are concerns about schemes for Egypt,” the mufti said. “I have information about a plan similar to the Israeli plot that succeeded in dividing Sudan into two countries,” he told Al Rai daily in Wednesday.
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Qatar names its largest mosque after Muslim scholar

December 14, 2011
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Qatar has named its largest mosque after Imam Mohammad Ibn Abdul Wahab, the influential Muslim scholar who lived in the 18th century in today’s Saudi Arabia. “The mosque naming directive by the Emir Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani is in honour of the reformer’s position and a reflection of Qatar’s keenness on the revival...
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Qatar sets up diplomatic institute

December 14, 2011
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Qatar has set up a diplomacy institute within its foreign ministry as part of an overall restructuring of the ministry that included appointing three undersecretaries to assist the minister. The institute is tasked with training ministry employees to take up positions in the diplomatic and consular corps and in the international cooperation field.
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Kuwait forms compact government

December 14, 2011
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Kuwait’s prime minister has formed a compact government in which no new minister was appointed. The 10-minister cabinet will last until the announcement of the results of the parliamentarian elections expected to be held in early February.
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New Tunisian president sworn in

December 14, 2011
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Tunisia’s opposition veteran Munsif Al Marzouqi was sworn in on Tuesday as the country’s first elected president since the north African nation’s revolution sparked the Arab Spring. “I will be the guarantor of the national interests, the state of laws and institutions,” Al Marzouki said with his hand on the Quran as he took his oath...
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Third Kuwaiti lawmaker summoned over suspicious deposits

December 14, 2011
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A third Kuwait former lawmaker has been summoned by the public prosecution for questioning after huge amounts of money were allegedly deposited in their bank accounts. Ex-MP Salah Ashoor was summoned one day after two other former lawmakers Hussain Al Hariti and Mokhlid Al Azimi were questioned on Monday night before they were released...
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Kuwait prosecution summons former MPs

December 14, 2011
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Kuwait has started the long process of quizzing 15 former lawmakers over the source of millions of dinars deposited in their bank accounts. Hussain Al Hariti and Mokhlid Al Azimi were the first ex-MPs to be questioned on Monday night by the public prosecutor before they were released on bail of 5,000 dinars each...
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Kuwait seeks end to parliament dissolution controversy

December 14, 2011
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A new decree to dissolve Kuwait’s parliament could be issued to end the controversy sparked by the increasingly divisive constitutional interpretations of the earlier decision, according to the Al Aan news portal. The emir on December 6 issued the decree dissolving the 50-member parliament upon a recommendation from the government.
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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Career
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
Education
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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