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5 Tunisian Parties Seek Vote of No-Confidence in Ghannouchi

5 Tunisian Parties Seek Vote of No-Confidence in Ghannouchi

Sunday, 12 July, 2020 - 17:45
Rached Ghannouchi attends the parliament's opening with a session to elect a speaker, in Tunis, Tunisia November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Asharq Al-Awsat

At least five Tunisian parties plan to launch a vote of no confidence in Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, who heads Ennahda party, politicians said on Sunday.

Pressure on the government has also mounted in recent weeks after opponents called for the resignation of Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh over an alleged conflict of interest.

Mohammed Ammar from Attayar party, said that four parliamentary blocs agreed to start the process of withdrawing confidence from the speaker, citing numerous violations, poor management and unilateral decisions that serve partisan interests.

These blocs include the Tahya Tounes, Attayar and Chaab parties, which are in the coalition with Ennahda.

The Free Constitutional party led by Abir Moussi has campaigned to oust Ghanouchi for weeks.

It accused him of serving the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda.

Ghannouchi has rejected these accusations, arguing that Tunisians want a government focused on economic and social policy, not political in-fighting.

Procedures for withdrawing confidence require the signature of 73 members of the house for it to be put to a public vote. To succeed, 109 lawmakers will need to vote for no-confidence.

The five parties have about 90 members.

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