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Tunisia: Ennahda Willing to Hold Talks with New President

Tunisia: Ennahda Willing to Hold Talks with New President

Saturday, 26 October, 2019 - 10:30
Rached Ghannouchi, the head of the Ennahda party, poses after casting his vote at a polling station for the municipal election in Tunis, Tunisia, May 6, 2018. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

The Executive Bureau of the Tunisian Ennahda party has announced readiness for the talks regarding forming the government with all relevant political parties, with Tunisia's new President Kais Saied in the lead.

Observers considered this a confession by Ennahda, which has started before two weeks consultations with the candidate parties to join the government, that it has become ready to let go of its previous conditions.

In case Ennahda failed to guarantee agreements regarding the government formation (in a way that ensures the parliamentary majority of 109 out of 217) then it will seek refuge in Saied to revive negotiations.

The Tunisian constitution allows the president to interfere in the formation process through being briefed on the government formation and consulting with the prime minister regarding the candidates especially the ministers of defense and foreign affairs.

Some leaks revealed that Ennahda might abandon its condition to appoint a figure from the movement to preside the government. However, this might be a tactical step to nominate its head Rached Ghannouchi to lead the parliament.

Regarding the formation of the new government, the movement urged in the past days the People's Movement (16 parliamentary seats) and the Democratic Current (22 parliamentary seats) to engage in the talks without prior conditions.

Legally, the president assigns the party’s candidate who garnered the highest number of votes to form the government within one month, which is renewable for one time only. In case this fails, the president holds consultations within ten days to assign a new figure.

If four months pass after announcing the elections’ outcomes without forming the government, the president might dissolve the parliament and call for new elections in no longer than 90 days.

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