Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali has announed his resignation at a news conference in Tunis.
An aid had hinted that Hamadi might resign earlier on Tuesday, after the ruling Ennahda party rebuffed his plan to form a non-partisan cabinet to steer Tunisia through a crisis sparked by the killing of leftwing politician Shokri Belaid.
Jebali, who had warned of chaos if his plan fell through, made a last ditch effort to push for "another solution" and was due to meet President Moncef Marzouki later in the afternoon.
His spokesman Ridha Kazdaghli had said the premier "could announce his resignation" at the meeting.
Jebali met with the cabinet in the morning to say goodbye and to ask them to "continue to expedite current matters," one government member said.
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