Tunisia: government, three parties abandon negotiations

No conditions for entering into a majority

07 March, 13:22

(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 Laarayedh's cause.

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 the elections. Due to massive delays on the part of the constituent assembly, the date of the elections are still shrouded in mystery.(ANSAmed).

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