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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 its worst political crisis since the revolution, had been cancelled and no new date set.

Tunisia PM in last-ditch bid to hammer out new cabinet

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali held last-ditch talks on Friday with a raft of party leaders as he hammered out a technocrat government designed to pull Tunisia out of its worst political crisis since the revolution. Jebali has promised to announce the new government line-up on Saturday, and says he will resign if it is rejected by the National Constituent Assembly which is dominated by his own Islamist party Ennahda.

Tunisia in political limbo after PM gamble

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali's gamble on forming a new government in defiance of his own Islamist party after the assassination of opposition head Chokri Belaid left Tunisia in political limbo on Sunday. After clashes with demonstrators between Wednesday and Friday that the interior ministry said left one policemen dead and 59 colleagues wounded, security forces remain on a state of alert with the army deployed nationwide.

Tensions rise in Tunisia as PM threatens to quit

Tunisia's prime minister threatened to quit on Saturday and warned of chaos unless key ministries held by fellow Islamists go to independents in a new government of non-partisan technocrats. Hamadi Jebali said he would resign within days if he failed to form the new government, even as his Ennahda party rejected a planned new cabinet and several thousand party supporters took to the streets to oppose his plans.

Islamists in key ministries must quit Tunisia govt: PM

Tunisia's prime minister said Saturday that key ministries held by fellow Islamists would be re-assigned to independents in a new government of non-partisan technocrats, otherwise the country would "slide into chaos." "All the ministries will be independent, including the interior, justice and foreign affairs ministries," Hamadi Jebali told France 24, when asked by the satellite news channel about the plan which his Ennahda party opposes.

Islamists rally in Tunis as PM Jebali threatens to resign

Thousands of backers of Tunisia's ruling Islamists rallied in the capital Saturday to denounce Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali's plan to form a new government of technocrats amid deepening political uncertainty. Jebali, who is seen as a moderate, said he would step down if he failed to form a new government within days as more than 3,000 supporters of his Ennahda party took to the streets to oppose his plans.

Islamist party official opposes Tunisia govt reshuffle

A senior member of Tunisia's ruling Islamist party on Thursday criticised the decision by Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali to form a government of technocrats, reflecting the divisions within Ennahda. "As far as we are concerned, our country still needs a government coalition based on the results of the elections on October 23, 2011" that Ennahda won, said Abdelhamid Jelassi, a member of the party's political bureau.

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.
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