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Tunisia PM to announce new cabinet line-up Saturday, or quit


Embattled Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said he will announce on Saturday a new government line-up, warning that he will quit if it is rejected.

Jebali has been pushing to form a government of technocrats in defiance of his Islamist Ennahda party since the murder last week of vocal government critic and leftist figure Chokri Belaid plunged the country into a political crisis.

"I want to go through with this initiative," Jebali told reporters on Thursday, on the sidelines of consultations with party leaders.

"Tomorrow morning (Friday) I will meet all the parties who have, or have not, accepted this initiative," he said.

"On Saturday I will announce the new government line-up and if it is rejected I will submit my resignation to the president," he added.