Chairman of Ennahda Movement’s Shura Council Abdelkarim Harouni said his party insists on appointing one of its members for the premiership, considering the subject “non-negotiable.”
In a press conference on Sunday, Harouni said his movement has postponed announcing the candidate's name “pending further consultations.”
Since its victory in the parliamentary elections earlier this month, Ennahda has launched consultations with a number of parties represented in the new Tunisian parliament and independent deputies, Harouni noted, adding this step aims at making the democratic experience a success.
Among such parties are Mohamed Abbou’s Democratic Current, Zuhair al-Maghazawi’s People’s Movement, Youssef Chahed’s Long Live Tounes (Tahya Tounes) party and Seifeddine Makhlouf’s Karama Coalition.
The political parties contacted by Ennahda have expressed their understanding of the Movement’s right to head the next government after winning the parliamentary elections, Harouni explained.
Ennahda’s Shura Council has held its 32nd session, during which it started consultations on the government formation and the political parties that will participate in the next ruling coalition.
During the meeting, there was consensus on having a government program that reflects the people’s aspirations and takes into account the expectations of Tunisian youth, and focuses on development, job opportunities and the war on corruption.
Harouni also pointed to excluding Heart of Tunisia (Qalb Tounes) party, which is accused of corruption, and the Free Constitutional Party, led by a former leader of the dissolved Democratic Constitutional Party (Ben Ali’s Party), from the political consultations.
He said his party rejects holding snap elections if it fails to persuade political parties to join the coalition, but stressed that Ennahda does not fear holding new polls if needed.
His remarks were in response to hints by politicians on Ennahda’s inability to obtain the required number of votes in support of its next government.