TUNIS: A party led by interim President Moncef Marzouki said today it had frozen its withdrawal from Tunisia’s coalition government while talks continue on a political crisis sharpened by the killing of an opposition politician.
Mohamed Abbou, secretary-general of the secular Congress for the Republic (CPR), told a news conference that the party, which had decided at the weekend to pull out of the government, would stay on for a week.
He said the party has decided to freeze the resignations of its ministers for a week for more discussions on a coalition government.
The CPR is one of two junior non-Islamist partners in a coalition dominated by the Islamist Ennahda party.
Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said after Wednesday’s assassination of leftist politician Chokri Belaid that he would form a non-partisan government of technocrats to run the country until elections can be held later in the year.