Tunisian ruling party rejects PM's decision to form technocrat cabinet

Tunisian ruling party rejects PM
# 08 February 2013 01:03 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Tunisian ruling Ennahdha party on Thursday rejected Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali's decision to set up a new technocrat cabinet following the assassination of a key opposition figure on the previous day, APA reports.

The report noted that even if Jebali remains to be Ennahdha's general secretary, his position will be weakened by his party's refusal to leave the government.

The assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaid triggered a wave of protests in the North African country, with thousands of Tunisians taking to the streets.

On Wednesday night, the Tunisian prime minister said he decided to dissolve the current government and appoint a new one composed of independent technocrats who would be excluded from running in the next legislative elections slated for October, a move immediately welcomed by a number of opposition parties.

Jebali said he had taken the decision in order to "put an end to the state of political tension and ensure the success of what remains of the democratic transition."

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