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Tunisia’s Jemli Expects Govt Formation in One Week

Tunisia’s Jemli Expects Govt Formation in One Week

Saturday, 7 December, 2019 - 12:00
Tunisian President Kais Saied shakes hands with Tunisia's designate prime minister Habib Jemli in Tunis, Tunisia, in this handout pictured obtained by Reuters on November 15, 2019. Tunisian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

Tunisian Premier-designate Habib Jemli expected Friday the new government to be formed next week, following three weeks of consultations with the country’s political parties.

“We still have time,” Jemli told reporters at the Guesthouse “Dar Dhiafa”, Carthage Hill. The formation of a cabinet capable of meeting the country’s current challenges is a priority, he said.

The PM-designate stressed that his government would include competent ministers capable of improving the situation.

He expressed keenness to form the government by the end of next week, according to the German News Agency (dpa).

The constitution sets a one-month renewable deadline for negotiations. If Jemli fails to bring together a coalition government, then the president is entitled to appoint another figure, giving him a maximum period of two months. If he fails too, then the president may dissolve the parliament and call for early elections.

Jemli didn’t mention on Friday the parties that will take part in the coalition, led by Ennahda Movement. However, Achaab and Attayar parties said they won’t join the cabinet.

The two parties in addition to a number of independent figures have formed an opposition coalition that brings together 41 deputies, making it the second largest bloc after Ennahda.

This brings more uncertainty to the consultations.

Attayar leader Mohamed Abbou said his party would not participate in the government over Ennahda’s insistence on the ministries of justice and interior to exploit them for its own interests.

As for Achaab, it remained adamant in its proposal of “the president’s government", which means that Tunisian President Kais Saied chooses the “most capable figure” to form a new government.

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