Tunisian PM declares failure of plan for technocrat government

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali called for a technocratic government to guide the country to new elections, but his own party, the moderate Islamist Ennahda, rejected his initiative. (AFP)

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced late on Monday that his plan to solve the country’s political crisis with a new Cabinet of technocrats has failed.

“I say in all clarity that the initiative I presented – that is to say, a government composed of members not belonging to any political parties – failed to reach a consensus,” Jebali said after talks with party leaders.

“Another form of government” was still a possibility, he added.

Jebali told journalists following meetings with representatives of the main political parties that the technocrat option did not benefit from a consensus and that they are moving toward another solution.

He did not elaborate, only adding that he would meet with President Moncef Marzouki Tuesday to discuss the next steps.

Tunisia was plunged into a political crisis after the assassination on Feb. 6 of a leftist opposition politician provoked anti-government riots around the country.

Jebali called for a technocratic government to guide the country to new elections, but his own party, the moderate Islamist Ennahda, rejected his initiative, which had received opposition support.
 

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