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No role for Islamists in Tunisia’s next Cabinet: PM Jebali

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Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced on Saturday that the key ministries held by fellow Islamists would be assigned to independents in his planned new government of non-partisan technocrats.

“All the ministries will be independent, including the interior, justice and foreign affairs ministries,” Jebali told France 24, when asked by the satellite news channel about the plan which his Ennahda party opposes.

In an earlier statement to the media, Jebali said he had asked political parties for suggestions regarding his the new Cabinet line-up, saying he “will not accept any condition from any party,” the state news agency TPA reported.

Jebali was also earlier reported by Russia Today to have resigned from his post the secretary general of Ennahda Party. The report was later denied by an official source, according to Al Arabiya TV.

“The candidate must be recognized expert in his field, should not be involved in a crime against Tunisian people, should not belong to a political party and must not run for the next elections,” Jebali added, during a meeting with a number of European ambassadors to Tunisia.

The moderate Islamist specified that parties should submit their candidate proposals before Monday,” announcing that he will present the Cabinet line-up “by mid next week at the latest.

“If this composition is accepted, especially by parties represented in the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), without resorting to the NCA, I will stay at the head of the government, but in case it is refused or confidence is withdrawn, I will submit my resignation to the President of the Republic and request to appoint another candidate to form a new government likely to be approved by the NCA,” Jebali said.