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.
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.