More may quit new Tunisian government

Tunisian opposition party Ettajdid threatened to pull its leader out of a coalition government if ministers from Ben Ali do not give up party membership.

More may quit new Tunisian government

Tunisian opposition party Ettajdid threatened to pull its leader out of a coalition government if ministers from the party of former leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali do not give up party membership, state TV said on Tuesday.

A statement from Ettajdid, read out by Tunisian television, said the ministers must also return to the state all property they obtained through the RCD, Ben Ali's political party and power base for the 23 years of his rule.

Ettajdid leader Ahmed Ibrahim was named minister of higher education in the interim cabinet announced on Monday, one of three opposition leaders to join a government that is led by a figure from the RCD and includes other senior RCD officials.

The withdrawal of Ibrahim would be a blow to the unity government. The Tunisian labour union said earlier on Tuesday its three representatives, all in junior posts, were withdrawing.

The cabinet announced on Monday by Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi included several familiar faces from the government of Ben Ali. The former president fled to Saudi Arabia last week following popular protests.

The prime minister, along with the ministers for defence, foreign affairs, internal affairs and finance, are unchanged.

In addition to Ibrahim, Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) founder Najib Chebbi was named minister of regional development and Mustafa Ben Jaafar of the Democratic Forum for Freedom and Labour (FDTL) was named health minister.


Agencies

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