The president of Tunisia, Kais Saied, has said he will dissolve parliament and call early elections if the new government line-up fails to win a parliamentary vote of confidence.
The prime minister-designate, Elyes Fakhfakh, presented his new cabinet on Saturday but the biggest bloc in parliament, the Islamist Ennahda Party, rejected it.
Mr Fakhfakh has a deadline of Friday to form a cabinet and avoid his predecessor’s fate.
Mr Habib Jemli, who was nominated by Ennahda, failed to get his cabinet endorsed by parliament.
The new government will have the mammoth task of reviving the economy and fixing the high unemployment problem.
President Saied has called the stalemate Tunisia’s worst political crisis since independence in 1956.