TUNIS: Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki’s secular party said yesterday it would stay in the ruling coalition reversing a previous threat, but maintained its call for key Islamist ministers to resign.
The widow of the leftist opposition leader whose assassination last week sparked the political crisis meanwhile called on the government to resign.
The centre-left Congress for the Republic (CPR) had threatened to pull out of the Islamist-led government, which would have plunged the country deeper into political crisis.
But party chief Mohamed Abbou told reporters yesterday they have decided to freeze a decision to withdraw their ministers from the government, but if in one week they don’t see any changes, they will quit the government.
The CPR wants the resignation of the justice and foreign ministers from Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali’s Islamist party Ennahda, amid soaring political tension after the killing leftist opposition figure Chokri Belaid.