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URGENT ¥¥¥ Tunisia PM to resign if new cabinet bid fails

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali told Tunisian media on Saturday he will step down if he fails in his effort to form a new government within days, after his Islamist party rejected the plan. "I will present the team no later than the middle of next week," Jebali said. "If it is accepted... I will continue to carry out my duties as head of the government. Otherwise, I will ask the president of the republic to find another candidate to form a new government." bsh-alf-sma/hc

URGENT ¥¥¥ Tunisia PM says committed to forming govt of technocrats

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said Friday that he stuck by his decision to form of new government of technocrats, despite a section of his ruling Islamist party opposing the plan, official media reported. "I stick by my decision to form a government of technocrats and I would not need the support of the constituent assembly" to do so, Jebali was quoted as saying by the TAP news agency. bsh/kl/sma/srm

Tunisian police fire teargas to disperse protesters in Tunis

Feb 7 (Reuters) - Tunisian police fired teargas on Thursday to disperse hundreds of people protesting near the Interior Ministry in Tunis against the Wednesday killing of secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid, a Reuters witness said. Demonstrators were throwing stones and chanting slogans calling on Prime Minister Hamdi Jebali to resign, the witness said. (Reporting By Tarek Amara; Editing by Pravin Char)

Tunisia to form government of technocrats: PM

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said Wednesday he would form a government of technocrats without political affiliations, after the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid sparked violent protests. "I have decided to form a government of competent nationals without political affiliation, which will have a mandate limited to managing the affairs of the country until elections are held in the shortest possible time," Jebali said in a televised address to the nation.

Tunisia to form government of technocrats: PM

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said Wednesday he would form a government of technocrats without political affiliations, after the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid sparked violent protests. "I have decided to form a government of competent nationals without political affiliation, which will have a mandate limited to managing the affairs of the country until elections are held in the shortest possible time," Jebali said in a televised address to the nation.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Tunisia to form government of technocrats: PM

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said Wednesday he would form a government of technocrats without political affiliations, after the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid sparked violent protests. "I have decided to form a government of competent nationals without political affiliation, which will have a mandate limited to managing the affairs of the country until elections are held in the shortest possible time," Jebali said in a televised address to the nation. bsh-alf/sma/srm

Tunisian PM says will form small technocrat government

TUNIS, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced on Wednesday he will form a technocrat government. "After the failure of negotiations between parties on a cabinet reshuffle, I decided to form a small technocrat government," Jebali said in a speech to the nation. He said the ministers would not run for office but elections would subsequently be held as soon as possible. (Reporting by Tarek Amara; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

Tunisian leader to form national unity government-official sources

TUNISIA, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali will dissolve the Islamist-led government and form a national unity administration, official sources said on Wednesday. "The prime minister will deliver a speech to the nation tonight and will announce the formation of a new government of non-partisan figures and technocrats," one source told Reuters.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Belaid's murder 'act of terrorism' against Tunisia: PM

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali denounced Wednesday the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid as an "act of terrorism" against Tunisia. "This is a criminal act, an act of terrorism not only against Belaid but against the whole of Tunisia," Jebali from the ruling Islamist Ennahda party told FM Radio Mosaique, promising to pursue all efforts to "immediately" arrest the murderer. Belaid, a left-leaning politician and a harsh critic of the Tunisian government, was shot dead Wednesday morning as he left his home in Tunis, his family said. nm-alf/jds
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