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Calling the shots, Tunisian PM rejects gift iPhone

Premier-designate Mehdi Jomaa wanted to demonstrate that officials should not accept presents

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Tunisian premier-designate Mehdi Jomaa has seemingly taken the moral highground, rejecting a gift iPhone in order to demonstrate that officials should not accept presents, Reuters reported local media as saying Monday.

Weekly newspaper Assabah reported that Jomaa returned the gift to Tunisia Telecom - which is largely state-owned - and sent a letter thanking the company.

The telecom company gave no comment when contacted by Reuters.

Jomaa, a technocrat, was appointed in December after ruling Islamists agreed to step down in a deal with secular opponents to end a political crisis.

In late January, Jomaa named a new caretaker cabinet to govern until elections, three years after the uprising against long-standing dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.