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No closer to Tunisia technocrat government


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No closer to Tunisia technocrat government

There is still no technocrat government in Tunisia after the main political parties failed to reach an agreement.

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali has been trying to put together a team of experts since the killing of opposition politician Chokri Belaid in early February led to violence on the streets.

Strong opposition to a government of technocrats is coming from the leader of Jebali’s own Ennahda party, Rached Ghanouchi.

Ennahda is the dominant partner in the coalition government. The Islamist party won 41 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections in October 2011 and has 89 of the 217 seats in the National Assembly. Supporters have rallied to assert the Ennahda’s right to lead a government.

Shortly after Belaid’s death on February 6, supporters of secular parties protested, with some demanding the government resign.

Jebali has threatened to step down if a technocrat government is not formed, but for now, the prime minister says all parties are working towards an administration that most agree on.

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