Tunisian Party Threatens Withdrawal From Government
Tunisia’s secular Congress for the Republic Party (CPR) announced on Sunday that it would withdraw its ministers from the government. A party official claimed the withdrawal was due to the government’s failure to meet the party’s requests that the foreign and justice ministers be removed from their posts. Samir Ben Amor, a CPR official, said the decision was not connected to Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali‘s recent suggestion of forming a government of non-partisan technocrats. The party reversed its decision on Monday morning, saying it would postpone its resignations for a week to allow for further discussions on the coalition government.
The CPR is the party of President Moncef Marzouki and is the second-largest party in Tunisia’s constituent assembly. Four smaller groups, including assassinated opposition leader Chokri Belaid‘s Popular Front, have pulled out of the constituent assembly since Belaid’s death this week. Prime Minister Jebali has also threatened to resign if his attempts to establish a technocratic government are not successful by the middle of the week.