Tunisia PM may form new govt or quit Saturday

"On Saturday I will announce the new government line-up and if it is rejected I will submit my resignation to the president," PM said.

Tunisia PM may form new govt or quit Saturday

World Bulletin / News Desk

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said on Thursday he will announce a new government line-up on Saturday, and warned that he will quit if it is rejected.

Jebali has been pushing to form a government of technocrats since the murder last week of leftist figure Chokri Belaid plunged the country into political crisis.

"I want to go through with this initiative," Jebali told reporters on the sidelines of consultations with party leaders.

"Tomorrow morning (Friday) I will meet all the parties who have, or have not, accepted this initiative.

"On Saturday I will announce the new government line-up and if it is rejected I will submit my resignation to the president," he added.

The Islamists have joined ranks with the center-left Congress for the Republic Party of President Moncef Marzouki, and two other parties, in proposing that the new cabinet comprise both politicians and independents.

But Jebali on Thursday insisted that the criteria for being in the new cabinet must include non-partisanship as well as a firm engagement by future ministers not to run in the next elections.

"This is the proposal I am making for the country, and the parties will be held responsible for its success or failure," he told reporters.

"The parties must realize that there can be no bargaining for this initiative to go through.

"They can, however, present their opinion which is normal in a democracy," he said.

Jebali has the backing of secular opposition parties as well as the support of Ettakatol, an ally of Ennahda, headed by Assembly speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar.

Both the powerful General Union of Tunisian Workers and the union of employers UTICA have expressed support for Jebali's initiative, seeing in it a way to emerge from the crisis.

"Conditional support"

Deputy Chairman Abdelhamid Jelassi of Ennahda Party in Tunisia has said that they could extend a conditional support to proposal of Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali for a "technocrat government".

Jelassi told AA on Thursday that they had been pursuing talks with Jebali to solve the government crisis and shape up the new government in the country, adding that they supported Jebali's "technocrat government" proposal conditionally.

Jelassi said that they would support such a government if pro-revolutionist people who had political competency were involved in it.

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