Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tunisia: The reshuffle intended to calm the street will be announced Thursday
TUNIS - The reshuffle was expected Wednesday in Tunisia to appease the anger of the street will eventually be announced Thursday, said the spokesman of the transitional government Taieb Baccouch in a statement to the official news agency TAP.
"The composition of the new government will be announced tomorrow, Thursday," said the Tunisian Press Agency Mr. Baccouch, who is also education minister of the transitional government.
The postponement follows intense discussions drag on for two days because of disagreements over the extent to be taken by the realignment, according to sources close to the negotiations told AFP.
According to these sources, Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi would be willing to sacrifice three ministers holding portfolios of sovereignty (Defense, Interior, Foreign Affairs) from the team of former President Ben Ali.
But the powerful General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT) would be in the wings for forcing the head of at least two other ministers from the former ruling party, the Democratic Constitutional Rally (RCD), holders of ministries, as this source who requested anonymity.
Thousands of Tunisians require each day the resignation of all ministers of the government team ousted former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, including that of Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi.
Weighing all its weight, UGTT organized a general strike Wednesday in its historic bastion of Sfax (east central), the second largest city, where thousands of demonstrators demanded the government resign.
She has called a general strike for Thursday to identical Sidi Bouzid (West Central), where the self-immolation of a young fruit seller on Dec. 17 had served as trigger for the uprising a month that has January 14 fall of former president Ben Ali, a refugee in Saudi Arabia.