Tunisia fails to choose interim PM, new deadline set

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Tunisia’s political parties have failed to choose an interim prime minister despite participating in a national dialogue aimed at replacing the current Prime Minister Ali Larayedh, Al Arabiya reported.

The new deadline to find an interim prime minister has been fixed for Monday at noon, according to Agence France-Presse.

The move is part of a roadmap agreement in which an interim government is to take over within two weeks.

“We did not come to a consensus on the name of the prime minister ... we will continue the talks for a day or two to reach an agreement,” Amr al-Irid, the political chief clerk of Tunisia’s Ennahda party, told Al Arabiya.

On Monday, a general meeting, which will gather all of Tunisia parties’ leaders, is due to take place.

Participants will discuss the issue of the new prime minister, Mohammed el-Hamedi, Democratic Alliance Party secretary-general, told London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat,

Several names have arisen as potential candidates in the race to become Tunisia interim prime minister, including Abdelkarim Zbidi, defense minister, Mokhtar Trifi, former chairman of the Tunisian League for Human Rights, Mostafa Kamall Nabli, former central bank governor and Ahmed Mestiri, founder of the Movement of Socialist Democrats.

The North African country, whose 2011 rebellion against Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali stimulated Arab uprisings elsewhere in the region, has been in crisis since July when militants assassinated an opposition leader, triggering protests demanding the ruling Ennahda Party step down.

The leader of the Popular Front, Hamma Hammami, has accused the Ennahda Party of delaying the process of electing an interim prime minister to be able to stay in power, Al Arabiya reported.

(With AFP)

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