Monday, 8 August 2016

Tunisia: Chahed to Announce National Unity Government Formation this Week

Tunisia- Following a series of consultations that have commenced in Carthage Palace on Wednesday, Youssef Chahed, prime minister designate, is awaited to announce the formation of the national unity government this week.

Tunisian constitution specifies a one-month maximum period to form the government after the prime minister has been appointed; hence, deadline ends on September 3.

Despite disagreement on assigning Chahed to form a new government, he announced receiving strong political support from Beji Caid Essebsi and Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party leader Rashid al-Ghannouchi. This support indicates that Chahed will face no difficulty in garnering unanimity when presenting the government formation to the parliament.

Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party leaders hinted to an imminent second meeting between assigned prime minister and the party in Carthage Palace to determine the ministerial portfolios to be handled by it. Chahed needs the votes of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda representatives to get 109 votes out of 217 of the parliament and to acquire the confidence.

Chahed is expected to announce termination of consultations with the six political parties and the three syndicate organizations on Monday. Reliable sources reported that assigned prime minister will maintain some ministers from Habib Essid government.

Competition is fierce between Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party (69 parliamentary seats) and Nidaa Tounes (67 parliamentary seats) following a considerable number of resignations in Nidaa Tounes due to internal political spats.

Number-wise, Nidaa Tounes and Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda can actually provide more than the required majority but an additional number of votes is also essential to guarantee political stability and to associate the greater number of political parties in the government.

Tunisia: Chahed to Announce National Unity Government Formation this Week

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