New Tunisian PM Excludes Saied’s Opponents from Government

  • "Democracy is based on the government assuming its responsibilities while there is opposition."
  • The Heart of Tunisia party had the second-largest bloc in the Tunisian parliament, after the 38-seat movement Ennahda Movement.
  • As for the Free Destourian Party, it previously refused to respond to President Saied's call for consultations on the government of Habib al-Gamli.

Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Elyes Fakhfakh said during a press conference yesterday that he will work to form a mini-cabinet and harmonious government that brings together the parties that supported President Kais Saied in the second round of the presidential elections. Fakhfakh also announced the exclusion of the Heart of Tunisia and Free Destourian parties from government consultations.

Kaïs Saïed is a Tunisian politician, jurist and former lecturer serving as the fifth President of Tunisia since October 2019. Saied was supported by both Islamists and leftists.

Considering that exclusion is what happened before the revolution, Fakhfakh stressed that democracy has opposition parties. He added, “I chose the second round of the presidential elections,” and he stressed that he will bear his full responsibilities before the people and will bear honesty with sincerity, as he put it. Fakhfakh pointed to his launch in the stage of fencing political work on the basis of values ​​and visions. He will then go through a second stage, for a discussion on the political programs of the parties participating in the negotiations. A final stage will include the mini-government proposal for political parties to discuss them.

Governmental Coalition

“Democracy is based on the government assuming its responsibilities while there is opposition.” Fakhfakh added, “I started in the consultations to build the political belt and formulate the program with the parties that met in the second roundabout voting for President Kaisers Saied.” He added, “I will strive to expand the political belt of the next government so that it attains broad and steadfast confidence in the People’s Assembly, in order to strengthen harmony between the executive and legislative branches.”

The Heart of Tunisia party had the second-largest bloc in the Tunisian parliament, after the 38-seat movement Ennahda Movement, before retracting to the center as a result of the Democratic Current and People’s Movement alliance.

Refused to Respond

The Ennahdha Party, also known as Renaissance Party or simply Ennahdha, is a self-defined “Muslim democratic” political party in Tunisia. Founded as “The Movement of Islamic Tendency” in 1981, Ennahdha was inspired by the Iranian revolution, and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, it has also been called “the mildest and most democratic Islamist party in history.”

As for the Free Destourian Party, it previously refused to respond to President Saied’s call for consultations on the government of Habib al-Gamli, which did not enjoy the confidence of Parliament.

According to that, he called the head of the Tunisian Alternative, and former Prime Minister, Mehdi Jomaa, “to form a successful government team consisting of experts from inside and outside the parties, and to expand the political belt supporting the government.” He also called, after his meeting with the designated Prime Minister, Fakhfakh, to reach a consensus on the major trends and urgent solutions in the long term with the organizations and with all the influential parties inside the country. He stressed that his party “will support any government that has a clear vision and is able to find solutions to real issues.”

Political Parties Given Days to Resolve the Government Crisis

President Qais Saied called on parties, coalitions, and parliamentary blocs to present to his proposals for personalities it deems appropriate to form a government. The message means that the president will not consult with the leaders of parties, coalitions, and parliamentary blocs directly, as usual, but rather give them two days to determine their candidates.

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Confederation of Labor, Noureddine Taboubi, called for the formation of a limited number of government officials that includes political competencies and national figures known for their high experience, initiative ability, and integrity.

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