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Tunisia’s General Labor Union Announces End of Political Crisis

Tunisia’s General Labor Union Announces End of Political Crisis

Wednesday, 19 February, 2020 - 14:30

The Secretary-General of Tunisia’s General Labor Union (UGTT), Noureddine Taboubi, said the country’s crisis has been resolved.

His remarks were made a few hours before the end of the constitutional deadline.

Taboubi also said the country’s government, led by Prime Minister-designate Elyes Fakhfakh, will be announced before Wednesday midnight.

“Regardless of the diversity in the politicians’ ideas and paths, they will eventually reach an agreement,” the official stressed, noting that the country’s fate is not linked to obtaining sovereign ministries.

Tunisians have been expecting the announcement of this breakthrough to be made by Fakhfakh, Rashid Ghannouchi, head of Ennahda Movement, being the influential political party in this crisis, or from one of the leaders of the controversial Heart of Tunisia party.

However, it was announced by UGTT, which led late 2013 the national dialogue sessions, through which the political crisis between Ennahda and the rest of the political parties was resolved.

Fakhfakh proposed on Tuesday a government consisting of 30 ministerial portfolios, representing ministers from the People’s Movement, the Democratic Current party, Long live Tounes (Tahya Tounes), Ennahdha, and the Alternative Party, in addition to 12 independent figures.

The solution was reached due to collective interventions from the UGTT and a number of organizations and parties, which prioritized the national interest to serve Tunisian people, he explained.

Fakhfakh met on Monday with independent ministers and informed them of the possibility of amending the proposed government structure before being presented to the parliament to win the vote of confidence.

He affirmed the possibility of withdrawing some figures from his government’s composition.

According to observers, the meeting indicates Fakhfakh’s readiness to carry out amendments on some of the independent figures in favor of Heart of Tunisia party.

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