Tunisian Prime Minister resigns

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Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali has announced his resignation at a news conference in Tunis as his initiative to form a non-partisan cabinet to steer Tunisia through a crisis sparked by the killing of left wing politician Shokri Belaid , did not succeed after the ruling Ennahda party rebuffed his plan.

Ennahda's leader Rachid Ghannouchi had put forward his own proposal  for a mixed government of politicians and technocrats and had said there was a consensus among political parties for Jebali to remain prime minister. Jebali did not rule out accepting if he was charged by the president once more to form a new government, but he said any new cabinet he would lead must be free from partisan haggling, inclusive and charged primarily with holding new elections.

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