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Tunisia’s ruling party says open to forming new government

Iran Press TV

Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:45PM GMT

Tunisia’s ruling Ennahda Party says it is open to creating a new government as political tensions escalate between the supporters and opponents of the incumbent government.

"We are open to all proposals to reach an agreement, including a salvation or unity government," head of Ennahda's political bureau, Ameur Larayedh, said on Tuesday.

He, however, stressed the party will not cross the “red line" to dissolve the transitional Constituent Assembly, which is only weeks away from finalizing a draft constitution.

The announcement follows fresh recent call by President Moncef Marzouki on all political parties and figures to close ranks.

Meanwhile, the powerful Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT), which has about 600,000 members in the public and private sectors, said a technocratic government should replace the one led by Ennahda.

The UGTT also opposed dissolving the Constituent Assembly - a move that would disrupt Tunisia's transition process.

Protests against the Tunisian government surged after last week's assassination of a prominent leftist MP, Mohamed Brahmi, the second leftist politician to be slain in six months.

The unrest peaked after eight soldiers were found dead on Monday; their throats were slit after they were ambushed by militants near the Algerian border.

Their brutal killing triggered protests in the nearby eastern city of Kasserine, where demonstrators stormed Ennahda’s local office.

Under mounting pressure for the government to quit, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou said he was ready to resign but would stay until the formation of a unity government capable of handling political tensions and unrest.


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