Tunisia ruling party calls for rally in capital

The Ennahda party demonstration was to take place in the centre of Tunis on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, as Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jabali reiterated his intention to form a non-partisan technocratic cabinet

Tunisia ruling party calls for rally in capital

World Bulletin/News Desk

Members of Tunisia's main ruling Islamist party called for a rally in the capital on Saturday, a day after police clashed with protesters at the funeral of murdered opposition figure Chokri Belaid.

The Ennahda party demonstration was to take place in the centre of Tunis on Habib Bourguiba Avenue.

The protest would "defend the legitimacy of the national constituent assembly," where the Ennahda-dominated coalition holds a majority, and would "fight against (political) violence" it said the opposition is using.

Meanwhile, Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jabali reiterated on Friday his intention to form a non-partisan technocratic cabinet following the assassination of an opposition politician, despite objections from his own Islamist party.

"I insist on my decision to form a technocratic government," he told reporters, saying this would not require the approval of the National Constituent Assembly. "This government is ready."

Jabali, who did not disclose the names of his new ministers, said the assembly's approval was unnecessary because he was not dissolving the government, but would replace all its members.

His plan for a technocratic cabinet, announced on Wednesday after the killing of secular opposition politician Chokri Belaid, had run into opposition from his own Ennahda party and its two junior non-Islamist coalition partners.

They had all complained that the prime minister had not consulted them about his decision.

Last Mod: 09 Şubat 2013, 15:20
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