TUNIS: Tunisia’s prime minister will continue to oppose his own political party and seek to form a government of technocrats by tomorrow to solve the country’s crisis or resign.
Hamadi Jebali announced yesterday that he will hold talks with representatives of all political parties today to see if there is sufficient support for his solution to end the crisis exacerbated by a political assassination last week, and will announce the results of the meeting the following day.
Jebali’s initiative, while supported by the opposition, puts him on a collision course with the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party, which dominates the government and insists on sticking with a cabinet of political figures.
The two competing visions for how to resolve the country’s political deadlock are even more striking because Jebali is the secretary general of the Ennahda, revealing cleavages within the party itself.
In the midst of an ongoing tussle between the governing coalition and the opposition, leftist politician Chokri Belaid was shot four times through the window of his car outside his home on Feb. 6, setting off anti-government riots around the country.