Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Tunisia PM resigns in new turmoil

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali arrives for a meeting with representatives of all Tunisian political parties (AP)

Tunisia's prime minister has announced his resignation following the rejection of his initiative to form a non-political government of technocrats to see the country out of its political crisis.

Hamadi Jebali made the announcement following a meeting with President Moncef Marzouki.

Mr Jebali's own party, the moderate Islamist Ennahda that dominates the government, rejected the initiative, insisting that the country still needed a government of politicians.

The assassination of a leftist politician on February 6 has plunged the country into turmoil and unleashed days of unrest.

Mr Jebali said his resignation was a first step in restoring public confidence in the government.

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