Three more Tunisian ministers step down

TUNIS - Three Tunisian ministers resigned

on Tuesday, leaving the caretaker government which took over
power after the president was overthrown teetering on the brink
of collapse.

The new resignations meant that in the space of 72 hours the

prime minister and five ministers have now quit, the worst
political crisis in Tunisia since veteran leader Zine al-Abidine
Ben Ali was ousted a month and a half ago.

A source close to the government told Reuters that the new

prime minister, Beji Caid Sebsi, will this week announce the
creation of a representative council whose job it will be to
rewrite the constitution before new elections.

That could relieve pressure on the government from its

opponents but it was not clear if it would be enough for it to

The ministers who resigned on Tuesday included Ahmed Nejib

Chebbi, the regional development minister, and Ahmed Brahim, the
higher education minister.