Tunisia’s Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali Revamps Cabinet

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali delayed a cabinet reshuffle announcement Saturday, citing the lack of agreement among the leading coalition. In a statement broadcast by state media on Saturday, the prime minister delayed the cabinet reshuffle. Signs of rifts within the leading Troika, composed of Ennahdha, the Congress for the Republic and Ettakatol, emerged lately, following President Moncef Marzouki’s statement that “Ennahdha was not capable of governing the country.” Jebali’s admission of his government’s incapacity to reach a compromise with other political parties comes as the country faces a severe political and economic crisis amid growing social unrest and violent episodes in inner regions. “The cabinet reshuffle issue will be submitted to the Constituent Assembly for approval,” Jebali said, adding that the cabinet reshuffle was “not an end in itself, but a means to set up an efficient action plan for the coming period.”

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