(ANSAmed) - TUNISIA, MARCH 7 - Three political parties who
were in talks to form a majority government in Tunisia have quit
negotiations with Ennahda, Ettakatol and Congress for the
Republic - the "troika" forming the backbone of an
administration led by Hamadi Jebali.
WAFA, the Parliamentary Freedom and Dignity bloc and the
Democractic Alliance abandoned ship for the same reasons,
largely because of Ennahda's rejection of the composition of the
future government and its road-map. Two previous majority
parties - Ettakatol and CPR shared their concerns.
Time is running out for current Prime Minister Ali
Laarayedh's Saturday deadline when he has to present a new
cabinet to the President of the Republic, Marzouki.
On Wednesday the Defence Minister from Jebali's
administration, Abdelkarim Zbidi resigned, another blow for
Speaking on Nessma TV, Zbidi, a favourite with Tunisians
for his firm stance on security, said he won't be part of the
next government. He reminded viewers that he had already offered
his resignation in the aftermath of the attack on the US Embassy
on 15 September and had only stayed in office to help organize
Due to massive delays on the part of the constituent
assembly, the date of the elections are still shrouded in