TUNIS: Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali was today consulting with a raft of party leaders as he hammered out a government of technocrats designed to pull Tunisia out of its worst political crisis since the revolution.
Jebali has promised to announce the new government tomorrow and says he will resign if it is rejected by the National Constituent Assembly, which is dominated by his own Islamist Ennahda party.
The prime minister announced his intention to form an apolitical government after Tunisia was plunged into political turmoil on February 6 when prominent leftist leader Chokri Belaid was assassinated outside his home in a Tunis suburb.
The plan has been met with resistance by the Ennahda but has won support from a number of secular parties.
The Islamists have joined ranks with President Moncef Marzouki’s centre-left Congress for the Republic Party, and two other parties, in proposing that the new cabinet comprise both politicians and independents.