Tunisia's PM to push ahead with technocrat gov't

BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA GREG KELLER Associated Press Published:

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's prime minister says that despite opposition from his own party, he will craft a new, technocrat-heavy cabinet to guide the country out of its political crisis.

Hamadi Jebali expressed confidence Friday that he would secure the support of his Ennahda Party, the moderate Islamist grouping that holds the most seats in the elected assembly.

In a statement carried by state media, Jebali says he will not dissolve the existing government, which would require the approval of the president, but simply replace certain ministers with technocrats.

This week's assassination of leftist opposition politician Chokri Belaid has deepened differences between the ruling party and its detractors, who had demanded a government shake-up.