TUNIS, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Tunisia's Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said Saturday that the line-up of a new cabinet will be announced next week, official TAP press agency reported.
In a statement to Western ambassadors in Tunis, Jebali said that the new Tunisian cabinet, composed of technocrats, will be announced in the middle of next week.
Jebali said that neither him nor the would-be new ministerial candidates would run for the upcoming elections, adding that he would continue to accept propositions of ministerial candidates from main political parties until Monday.
Jebali said that the criteria for becoming ministerial candidates include acknowledged competence, a clean criminal record and the absence of political affiliation.
"In case the cabinet line-up is accepted by the country's political parties, I will not resort to the constituent assembly for approval," Jebali said. "Otherwise, I will ask the president of the republic to designate another person to form a new government."
The announcement was made one day after the mass funeral of Chokri Belaid, a leading opposition figure who was assassinated Wednesday, in a bid to prevent the country from sinking into anarchy and to solve the deepening political and economic crisis.
TUNIS, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian ruling Ennahdha party on Thursday rejected Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali's decision to set up a new technocrat cabinet following the assassination of a key opposition figure on the previous day, Tunisian state TV reported.
The report noted that even if Jebali remains to be Ennahdha's general secretary, his position will be weakened by his party's refusal to leave the government. Full story
TUNIS, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali on Wednesday announced his plan to form a new government of technocrats to lead the country until elections take place as the assassination of an opposition leader sparked widespread protests in the North African country.
Jebali made the announcement in a televised address to the nation following the killing of Chokri Belaid, leader of the Popular Front and an outspoken critic, those death prompted Tunisians to take to the streets and clash with the policemen. Full story