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Tunisia prime minister announces resignation

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said on Tuesday that he has submitted his resignation to President Moncef Marzouki, after failing to form a new government aimed at ending a political crisis. "I promised and assured that, in the event that my initiative failed, I would resign as head of the government, and that is what I have done," Jebali said in remarks broadcast on television after meeting Marzouki.

REFILE-UPDATE 2-Tunisian PM quits after failing to form new government

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigned on Tuesday after failing to replace a government pulled apart by acrimony between his Islamist allies and their secular opponents. Jebali had threatened to quit if his plan for a non-partisan cabinet of technocrats to lead the north African country into early elections foundered.

Crisis deepens in Tunisia as PM set to quit

Premier Hamadi Jebali could resign Tuesday, an aide said, after his Ennahda party rebuffed his plan to form a non-partisan cabinet to steer Tunisia from a crisis sparked by the killing of a leftwing politician. Jebali, who had warned of chaos if his plan fell through, made a last ditch effort to push for "another solution" and was due to meet President Moncef Marzouki late afternoon. His spokesman Ridha Kazdaghli said the premier "could announce his resignation" at the meeting.

Tunisia PM to resign on Tuesday: govt, party sources

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali will present his resignation to President Moncef Marzouki late Tuesday, two members of his cabinet and a source in the ruling Islamist party Ennahda said. One member of the government said Jebali had met with the cabinet in the morning to say goodbye and to ask them to "continue to expedite current matters." "He did not use the word 'resignation', but it was well understood that he was going to see the president to announce it," said the source. But another member of the cabinet said "he clearly announced his departure."

Tunisia PM seeks 'another solution' after cabinet plan fails

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali was on Tuesday pursuing "another solution" to Tunisia's biggest political crisis since the uprising two years ago after his plan to form a cabinet of technocrats failed. Jebali, left out on a limb after his proposals for a non-partisan government were rebuffed by his own ruling Islamist Ennahda party, was to meet President Moncef Marzouki to discuss ways to exit the crisis.

Tunisia PM seeks 'another solution' after cabinet plan fails

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali was on Tuesday pursuing "another solution" to Tunisia's biggest political crisis since the uprising two years ago after his plan to form a cabinet of technocrats failed. Jebali, left out on a limb after his proposals for a non-partisan government were rebuffed by his own ruling Islamist Ennahda party, was to meet President Moncef Marzouki to discuss ways to exit the crisis sparked by the February 6 killing of a leftist politician.

Tunisia PM fails in new cabinet plan

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali admitted defeat on Monday in his plan to form a government of technocrats amid a new rebuff from his own ruling Islamist party, but kept the door open to compromise. "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.

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.

Tunisia PM pushes cabinet plan despite new rebuff

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resumed talks on Monday with political leaders aimed at forming a new government of technocrats, despite a fresh rebuff from his own ruling Islamist party Ennahda. Complicating a political crisis that has engulfed Tunisia after the February 6 assassination of a leftwing politician, media reports said the leader of President Moncef Marzouki's Congress for the Republic (CPR) party had resigned.

Uncertainty in Tunisia ahead of political talks

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali is set Monday to resume talks with political party leaders to form a new government of technocrats, despite strong opposition within his own ruling Islamist party Ennahda. On the eve of the talks with Tunisian media urged political groups to reach a consensus for tackling the crisis that has gripped the country since the February 6 assassination of leftist opposition leader and vocal anti-Islamist Chokri Belaid.
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