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February 19, 2013

Tunisia's Prime Minister Resigns

by VOA News

Tunisia's prime minister resigned Tuesday amid a political crisis stemming from the assassination of an opposition political figure.

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali submitted his resignation after his attempt to form a government of non-partisan technocrats failed.

His own Ennadha party, which dominates the government, did not support his attempt.

Jebali announced his resignation at a news conference after meeting with President Moncef Marzouki, saying he vowed that if his efforts to create a new government failed he would quit.

Tunisia descended into political crisis after secular opposition politician Chokri Belaid was gunned down outside his home in Tunis earlier this month.

Belaid's supporters accused Ennadha of being behind the killing, a charge the ruling party denies.