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Tunisian Parliament Votes Friday on Jemli’s Govt.

Tunisian Parliament Votes Friday on Jemli’s Govt.

Sunday, 5 January, 2020 - 12:00
Tunisian Prime minister-designate Habib Jemli poses for a picture during an interview with Reuters in Tunis, Tunisia, on December 3, 2019. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi/File Photo

The Tunisian parliament decided to hold a session to grant confidence to Tunisia's designated prime minister Habib Jemli on Friday.


Following a hot session in which the opposition urged acceleration in granting the confidence to the government so that it starts in implementing urgent social and economic resolutions. However, Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda and Heart of Tunisia had a different point of view and insisted on holding the session next Friday to discuss its line-up.


The session, chaired by Rached Ghannouchi, witnessed a dispute on determining the date of the session dedicated to acquiring confidence.


The opposition parliamentary blocs insisted on holding the session on Tuesday while representatives of Islamist Ennahda and Heart of Tunisia saw that it is better to hold it on Friday.


Meanwhile, Ennahda's Shura Council convened on Saturday to settle its stance towards granting confidence to Jemli. Sources, close to Ennahda, affirmed that the points of view are still variable regarding the independent national qualifications government.


Part of Ennahda doesn’t want to bear responsibility for this government’s outcomes while another part focuses on the public interest and prefers to grant it confidence but at the same time calls on Jemli to carry out some amendments in the line-up.


In this context, Chairman of Ennahda Movement's Shura Council Abdelkarim Harouni said that the suggested government could use some ‘improvements’ before presenting it to the parliament. But some observers consider this impossible since it reflects a negative image regarding Jemli’s choices.


Also, the designate-prime minister is unwilling to return to the zero point as this would spark new political disputes.


The Tunisian government stipulates that the new government should garner the majority's votes estimated at 109 out of 217. This result is unachievable because most of the winning parties abstained from joining the ruling coalition, led by Ennahda.


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