09 February 2013 3:56 pm | | 5

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Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali reaffirmed yesterday the urgent need to form a technocratic government, stating it is the only way out of Tunisia’s political deadlock.

According to Jebali, creating a technocratic government made up of non-partisan individuals would solve many of the problems that Tunisia is facing.

“The technocratic government will spare the country further tension and help the parties reach a compromise,” Jebali said in a speech.

Jebali’s call Wednesday to form a technocratic government has raised questions over whether the prime minister has the power to take such action and if creating a new government would benefit the country. He made the announcement to quell political tensions after the assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaid.

Jebali’s initiative has been criticized by some experts and politicians as lacking any legal basis.

Iyadh Ben Achour

Jebali met yesterday with Iyadh Ben Achour, former president of the High Authority for the Achievement of the Objectives of the Revolution, to discuss the legality of his proposition to shakeup the ministries, trimming the number of positions and replacing current ministers with non-partisan technocrats.

Ben Achour advised the prime minister to keep at least one minister from the current government, such as the defense minister, who is already politically independent, in order to make his initiative legal.

Jebali’s proposition was rejected by his own party, Ennahdha, and the other governing party, Congress for the Republic, while members of the political opposition have expressed support for the idea.

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  1. Tunisian says:

    Pathetic! 99%? You’re being generous as to you seem to be living elsewhere. Even in the most secular country that figure is likely to be less. This country is divided among two sides. One side thrives for enforcing the laws of Sharia and the other holding onto the so-called rule of human-made laws. Now, I tell you something mister. The first side is not 1%.

  2. Sami says:

    Dear Samir

    99% ok with you. If you are democrat and believe in justice, you must accept thatGhanouchi remains in his country and expess his views. elections ASAP. security and freedom.

  3. Moncef says:

    Mr.jebal has failed and Ennahda has had its chance to govern and failed. Mr. Jebali’s proposal to form to a new government of technocrats is unacceptable, because it’s dishonest and dangerous. What does that mean ? For how long? And then what ? Form a new party? I wonder what he will call it.
    No. I say it’s time for Mr. Jebali to resign .Its time for new elections ASAP ! It’s timeTunisians send a message to Ennahda and the Jihadists and their militias that they have no right to intimidate and threaten people and that Tunisia will not be divided and the only solution is Democracy , individual liberty, free press and an independent judiciary.
    Only then will ALL Tunisians will prosper and live in peace

    • Samir says:


      Well said!

      “Only then will ALL Tunisians will prosper and live in peace”

      This exactly what 99% of the population want. Tunisia has the potential to be the best governed, most open minded and prosperous country in Africa. But unfortunately it will not happen as long as Rachid Ghannouchi remains in Tunisia.

  4. Tunisian says:

    The country is one the verge of collapse and Nahdha doesn’t want to let go. Kill me. Take me somewhere else. Does anyone want an exchange of nationality?

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