Tunisian PM holds back cabinet line-up 'in search for consensus'

Tunisia's Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa said the required consensus was not far away and that the line-up is almost ready with many technocrats in the list.

Tunisian PM holds back cabinet line-up 'in search for consensus'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Tunisia's Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa said late Saturday that he had preferred to postpone unveiling the line-up of his cabinet during a meeting with Tunisian interim President Moncef Marzouki in the hope that a national consensus could be reached over the figures included.

"I preferred to delay submitting the line-up to the president in the hope that further consensus can be reached, particularly when it comes to the security portfolio," Jomaa said in statements to the press, following his meeting with Marzouki in the Tunisian capital.

He said the required consensus was not far away and that the line-up is almost ready with many technocrats in the list.

Tunisia's opposition vehemently rejects the presence of incumbent Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou in the new government, saying that the roadmap approved by the forces participating in the national dialogue stipulates that a totally new government should be formed.

However, Ennahda movement, which holds a majority of seats in the Tunisian constituent assembly, wants Jeddou to be part of the new cabinet line-up.

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