6 March 2013

Tunisia Struggles to Create New Government

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Tunisians swarm Bourguiba Avenue to commemorate the second anniversary of the revolution.

Plans to form a new Tunisia government suffered a setback on Tuesday (March 5th) after one of the five proposed coalition parties left a crucial meeting, AFP reported.

"We decided to quit the talks because no government programme has been decided and they are continuing to talk about (ministerial) portfolios," Wafa Party spokesman Slim Boukhdhir told Mosaique FM, without clarifying whether the withdrawal was definitive.

According to Constituent Assembly speaker and Ettakatol party head Mustapha Ben Jaafar, there were disputes over the political platform.

Speaking Tuesday in Paris after meeting with French President François Hollande, Ben Jafaar also voiced his hopes that the talks would achieve "a government of competence".

He stressed that in the current climate in Tunisia, "security must be the priority, with an administration that is neutral and firm against violence".

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