Tunisia PM promises to quit if he can't halt the crisis
People hold a banner reading "We are all Chokri Belaid" during a protest to pay tribute to murdered opposition figure in Paris. (AFP PHOTO MEHDI FEDOUACH)
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Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali has promised to quit if he fails in his mission to form a new, 'technocratic', government by the middle of next week, the BBC reported on Saturday.
The pledge follows his attempts on Thursday to dissolve the current Islamist government. At the time Jebali, who is also the leader of the ruling Ennahdha party, faced a mutiny from within the group and was unable to push through the reforms.
"All the ministries will be independent, including the interior, justice and foreign affairs ministries," he said on Saturday, adding, "If it is accepted... I will continue to carry out my duties as head of the government. Otherwise, I will ask the president of the republic to find another candidate to form a new government."
Tunisians have taken to the streets, clashing with police in many areas of the country, following the alleged assassination of opposition leader, Chokri Belaid on Wednesday.
Police fired teargas at protestors that attended Belaid's funeral on Friday and many Tunisians have compared the current demonstrations to those that overthrew ex-dictator, Ben Ali, in 2011.
However, supporters of the Ennahda party also rallied following the funeral, showing their support on Saturday for the current government.