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Tunisia: Fakhfakh Officially Accused of Involvement in ‘Conflict of Interest’

Tunisia: Fakhfakh Officially Accused of Involvement in ‘Conflict of Interest’

Tuesday, 30 June, 2020 - 09:30
Part of the Tunisian parliament’s session on Thursday, June 25, 2020 (EPA)
Tunis - Mongi Saidani

Head of Tunisia's National Anti-corruption Commission confirmed on Monday that Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh is involved in a conflict of interest case.

Chawki Tabib said Fakhfakh’s involvement came after it was revealed that he is a shareholder in a private company that won a public tender.

During a hearing session held by the parliament’s Administrative Reform, Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Committee, Tabib said Fakhfakh owns shares in five companies that have deals with the state.

He stressed that the Premier haven’t informed the committee of these shares while stating his business gains.

The Committee has decided to cancel the deal concluded with the company in which Fakhfakh has shares and with the public institution with which the contract was signed, Tabib noted.

Fakhfakh has been accused of violating the law because he only relinquished his shares in three companies on April 15 and May 22, while he took office on February 28.

The Committee has also referred six conflict of interest cases to the judiciary, Tabib said, noting that the mayors involved were warned to settle their issues, yet none complied.

Tabib pointed out that this suspicion is also among lawmakers, ministers, and officials in the administration.

He affirmed that all have notified the committee since they concluded these deals before assuming their posts, highlighting the need to apply the law in these cases.

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