The Tunisian Prime Minister , Hamadi Jebali Resigned on Tuesday after failing to form a new government, a move he had hoped would defuse tensions in the divided country,Aljazera reports
Hamadi Jebali, from the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, stepped down after failing to push through his plan for a technocrat, non-political caretaker government to get Tunisia out of its political deadlock.
His move to step aside, which some had expected, is the latest twist in Tunisia’s drawn-out political wrangling over the cabinet. Tensions deepened this month after the assassination of a leftist opposition figure, Chokri Belaid, whose death was attributed to the ruling government’s move .
He insisted he would not lead another government without assurances on a date being set for fresh elections and a new constitution.
Jebali said: “Our people are disillusioned by the political class. We must restore confidence.” He added that his resignation “does not mean the failure of Tunisia or the failure of the revolution”, but warned the cabinet to do the “utmost to ensure that the state continues to function”.
An aide had hinted that Jebali might resign earlier on Tuesday, after the ruling Ennahda party rebuffed his plan to form a non-partisan cabinet to steer Tunisia through a crisis sparked by the killing of leftwing politician Shokri Belaid.
Jebali, who had warned of chaos if his plan fell through, made a last ditch effort to push for “another solution” and was due to meet President Moncef Marzouki later in the afternoon.
Jebali met the cabinet in the morning to say goodbye and to ask them to “continue to expedite current matters,” one government member said.
Ennahda’s leader Rachid Ghannouchi had put forward his own proposal on Monday for a mixed government of politicians and technocrats and had said there was a consensus among political parties for Jebali to remain prime minister.
Jebali did not rule out accepting if he was charged by the president once more to form a new government, but he said any new cabinet he would lead must be free from partisan haggling, inclusive and charged primarily with holding new elections.