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URGENT ¥¥¥ Larayedh vows government for 'all Tunisians'

Ali Larayedh, the Islamist interior minister tapped to become Tunisia's next premier, pledged on Friday to form a cabinet representing all Tunisian men and women and upholding gender equality. "We are going to enter the phase of forming a new government that will be for all Tunisian men and women, taking into account the fact that men and women have equal rights and responsibilities," he said after agreeing to succeed outgoing fellow Islamist Hamadi Jebali. bsh-alf/sma/hc

Outgoing Tunisia PM Jebali rules out being reappointed: party bsh/mh/sma

Tunisian PM Jebali quits

Tunis, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigned on Tuesday after his attempt to form a government of technocrats and end a political crisis failed. "I vowed that if my initiative did not succeed, I would resign and ... I have already done so," Jebali told a news conference after meeting with President Moncef Marzouki.

Tunisia PM fails to get new cabinet to stem unrest

TUNIS, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said on Monday that Tunisia's main political parties had failed to form a cabinet of technocrats after the country was thrown into turmoil by the assassination of an opposition politician. "The initiative of a cabinet of technocrats did not receive full political consensus and failed...but work is continuing with all parties in order to form a government which has the agreement of most of the political parties," Jebali told a news conference.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Tunisia PM says plan for new government has failed

Tunisia's Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced late on Monday that his plan for a new government of technocrats has failed, but he left the door open for compromise and did not say he would stand down. "I say in all clarity that the initiative I presented -- that is to say, a government composed of members not belonging to any political parties -- failed to reach a consensus," Jebali said after talks with party leaders. "Another form of government" was still a possibility, he added. bur-alf/bsh/srm/sma

URGENT ¥¥¥ More talks on new Tunisia government Monday: PM

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced on Friday that talks on the formation of a new government of technocrats had been rescheduled for Monday, after he met the leaders of the main political parties. "There has been some progress on all the points raised... That is why we have decided to continue the discussions on Monday," Jebali told reporters. He said a previous Saturday deadline for the announcement of his planned new cabinet, intended to extricate the country from of its worst political crisis since the revolution, had been cancelled and no new date set.

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.

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Tunisia says one policeman dead, 375 arrests in unrest

One policeman was killed, 59 were injured and 375 people were arrested in unrest sparked by the killing of opposition leftist politician Chokri Belaid, the Tunisian interior ministry said late on Saturday. The ministry did not refer to the number of civilians hurt in the violence, and said that around a dozen security forces posts also came under attack between Wednesday and Friday. It did not say how many offices of the ruling Islamist Ennahda party were targeted in the unrest, but AFP has counted around a dozen such incidents.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Islamists in key ministries must quit Tunisia govt: PM

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced on Saturday that the key ministries held by fellow Islamists would be assigned to independents in his planned new government of non-partisan technocrats. "All the ministries will be independent, including the interior, justice and foreign affairs ministries," Jebali told France 24, when asked by the satellite news channel about the plan which his Ennahda party opposes. alf/sma
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