Tunisian prime minister quits post

AFP-JIJI

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigned Tuesday after failing to form a nonpartisan government to end a political crisis exacerbated by the assassination of a senior opposition figure.

Jebali, who had warned of chaos if his plan fell through, made a last-ditch effort to push for “another solution” to the long-running crisis in a meeting with President Moncef Marzouki.

Jebali, whose efforts to form a government of technocrats was rebuffed Monday by his own ruling Islamist party, Ennahda, said he was standing down to “fulfill a promise made to the people.”

While other candidates might emerge to fill the job, it is possible Marzouki will ask Jebali to try again.