Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Tunis in turmoil

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali was going to form a new administration of non-political technocrats, however, yesterday he resigned.

Hamadi Jebali had proposed a cabinet of apolitical technocrats to quell the turmoil caused by the assassination on 6 February of the secular opposition politician Chokri Belaid. The shooting dead of Belaïd, a left-leaning lawyer and outspoken critic of the government, shocked Tunisia and left the government reeling. It prompted mass protests aimed in part at the ruling moderate Islamist party Ennahda, to which Hamadi Jebali belongs.

Announcing his resignation on Tuesday Hamadi Jebali said he would not lead another government without assurances about the timing of fresh elections and a new constitution.

It does not bode well.

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