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Tunisia: Parliament Summons 5 Ministers after Calls for their Resignation

Tunisia: Parliament Summons 5 Ministers after Calls for their Resignation

Friday, 6 December, 2019 - 08:45
AFP file photo of the Tunisian parliament in session

Tunisia's parliament has decided to question five ministers after 29 people were killed when their bus crashed into a barrier on a mountain road and careered into a ravine in the northern town of Amdoun.

The parliament is expected to call on the ministers of interior, public health, transport, tourism and handicrafts, and equipment to give answers to lawmakers in coordination with the caretaker government of Youssef Chahed.

Some opposition political parties, rights organizations and civil society members have demanded the resignation of officials after holding them responsible for the bus accident.

The Beja province governor resigned Monday, a day after the accident, saying his resignation came in honor of the victims and as an apology for what happened.

Following his move, some opposition parties expected a number of other officials to announce their resignations.

Meanwhile, Tunisian Premier-designate Habib Jemli considered the Tunisian General Labour Union as an effective partner.

During a ceremony on the 67th anniversary of Farhat Hached’s assassination, Jemli said that it is no longer acceptable for the state to hesitate in taking action for the good of the country.

He added that the Tunisians’ only choice is to work hard to serve the country’s interest.

The government, which Jemli promised to form by mid-Dec, fears growing mass protests.

President of the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights Massoud Romdhani said there were around 798 protests in 2016, 779 in 2017 and around 832 in 2018.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khaled Hayouni revealed Thursday that the security apparatuses arrested 11 men who participated in the protests in Jilmah a week ago.

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