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Tunisian PM steps down after crisis prompted by political assassination

In News on February 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

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Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali has announced his resignation. It comes after Jebali’s plan to form a cabinet of technocrats failed. Opposition to the proposed government came from the leader of Jebali’s own Ennahda party, Rached Ghanouchi.

“I promised and assured that, in the event that my initiative failed, I would resign as head of the government, and that is what I have done,” Jebali said in a statement.

Jebali pushed for “another solution” after the failure of his initiative to form a government of technocrats.

He met with the cabinet on Tuesday morning to say goodbye and ask them to “continue to expedite current matters,” a government member said, as quoted by Al Arabiya.

The country has been in political crisis since the killing of opposition politician Chokri Belaid, which triggered mass protests earlier this month and led to resignations from the country’s coalition government.

The murder escalated tensions between liberals and Islamists, with Belaid’s family accusing the Ennahada party of his assassination. The Islamists strongly deny the allegations. The situation has been deemed the biggest political crisis since the country’s uprising two years ago.

In addition to the disagreements surrounding the new government, there is deadlock over the drafting of a new constitution. The country’s parliament is currently divided over the nature of Tunisia’s future political system, 15 months after it was elected.

Tunisia has been rocked with violence since the revolution that toppled former leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

Via RT

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