12 February 2013

Tunisia: Assembly Chief Backs Jebali Plan

Photo: Tunis Afrique Presse
Former Tunisian Prime Minister, Hamadi Jebali.

The Tunisian Constituent Assembly (ANC) president on Tuesday (February 12th) endorsed Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali's plan to form a new government, AFP reported.

"We strongly support the head of government's position, which serves the national interest," said ANC chairman and Ettakatol party head Mustapha Ben Jaafar, the third most powerful politician in Tunisia.

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki's secular Congress for the Republic (CPR) will remain part of the coalition government, pending the resignation of the justice and foreign ministers from Prime Minister Jebali's Islamist party Ennahda, CPR chief Mohamed Abbou said on Monday.

The CPR opposes the non-partisan government proposal made by Jebali in the wake of public outrage over the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid.

"We are against a government of technocrats as it would allow for the return of figures from the former regime" of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Abbou said.

Jebali set a target date of the middle of this week to form a transitional government.

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