Tunisia president reappoints PM to lead caretaker cabinet   2014-01-26 21:32:45            

TUNIS, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has reappointed Mehdi Jemaa as prime minister on Sunday to lead the country's caretaker government.

Jemaa who was appointed as a prime minister on January 3 failed Saturday night to form a government.

"The composition of the next government will be announced in the next few days," Jemaa told reporters Sunday morning from the Carthage presidential palace.

He said he decided to postpone the official presentation of his cabinet until he reaches a larger consensus. The contention point that put the whole process on hold was the choice of interior minister.

While Jemaa, endorsed by the ruling Islamist Ennahdha party, suggested keeping the incumbent interior minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou, the opposition parties expressed their rejection.

The opposition parties explained that a political assassination happened under Ben Jeddou, hence his replacement is very important.

Security is one of the major challenges facing Tunisia as the political turmoil that broke out after the uprising of January 2011 resulted in weakening the security situation and paved the way for the rise of militant religious extremism.

Members of the legislative National Constituent Assembly are scheduled to start the first reading and vote of the finalized version of the constitution Sunday afternoon.

Editor: chengyang
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