Tunisia suspends search for new Prime Minister

Tunisia suspends search for new Prime Minister
Protests in 2011 in Tunisia helped start the Arab Spring.

Attempts to find a new head for Tunisia’s government which would prepare the country for new elections have been suspended.

Houcine Abassi, head of the main labour union and main mediator in the talks, said the parties involved in the talks remain divided along partisan lines and cannot agree on a single candidate to run the transition.

Tunisia’s elected Islamist-led government had agreed to opposition demands to step down in favour of a transitional government which would oversee new elections.

Mr Abassi predicted that the talks would resume soon because the country cannot handle more instability.

Tunisians kicked off the Arab Spring by overthrowing its dictator in 2011 but the transition to democracy has been beset by a struggling economy, terrorist attacks and bickering politicians.

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