Tunisia Prime Minister Resigns Amid Crisis
This does not mean the 'failure of the revolution,' he says
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 19, 2013 1:37 PM CST
Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, followed by a body guard, arrives for a meeting with representatives of all Tunisian political parties in Carthage, Feb. 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

(Newser) – Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced his resignation today, making good on his promise to step down if he failed to resolve the country's political crisis. "I promised and assured that, in the event that my initiative failed, I would resign as head of the government, and that is what I have done," Jebali said on state-run TV today after meeting with President Moncef Marzouki, the Daily Star reports.

The move follows Standard & Poor's announcement that it would downgrade the country's credit rating because of constant instability, the AP reports. The country, which kicked off the Arab Spring, has been in turmoil ever since the assassination two weeks ago of opposition leader Chokri Belaid. Jebali had been trying to form a new, non-partisan coalition of technocrats, but those efforts collapsed last night, when his Islamist Ennahda party failed to sign on, the BBC explains. But Jebali insisted that the failure "does not mean the failure of Tunisia or the failure of the revolution."

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Feb 19, 2013 11:54 PM CST
Although resigniNg a political post in the Arab world is thought of as a stupid or coward act, it is the opposite in democratic countries, that is why there's a defection, desertion , run away, join the other side, start your own party , but to resign? Immediately thought of it as. Being booted out, not a good or smart person but a stupid weak, less than a man etc...many examples: Ass-ad, who-sane- cod-affi- the late Na-sir, mar-si, etc...etcetera...
Feb 19, 2013 11:54 PM CST
My guess is that he will be back!
Feb 19, 2013 4:36 PM CST
How refreshing to see a "Politician" who actually has the backbone to step down, to keep his word. If some of our so-called "Leaders" in Washington made a promise like that, they'd find any excuse to back pedal.