Political bickering stalls Tunisian nationwide dialogue

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TUNIS — A authorities of nationwide salvation is greater than needed in Tunisia amid the disruption of political dialogue among the many ruling political elite, Lotfi Mraihi, head of the People’s Republican Union Party, stated March 28 in Gabes, southeast Tunisia, throughout a media briefing organized by his celebration.

Mraihi, whose celebration holds three out of 217 parliament seats, spoke in opposition to a backdrop of raging conflicts between the three prime Tunisian leaders: President Kais Saied, Parliament Speaker Rachid Ghannouchi and Prime Minister Hisham Mechichi.

Tunisia’s new cupboard has but to be sworn in. A cupboard reshuffle in 11 of the 25 ministries was authorized by an absolute parliamentary majority on Jan. 24 however in a primary within the historical past of Tunisian politics, Saied refused to ask 4 out of the 11 newly appointed ministers to take the oath of workplace. The president rejected the 4 ministers proposed by Mechichi over suspicions of corruption and conflicts of curiosity.

Mraihi famous within the March 28 press briefing that Tunisia can not afford stalling additional, saying that political actions have the fitting to disagree, however the present degree of hostility of verbal and bodily violence is unacceptable.

He identified that Tunisia is on the verge of chapter, explaining that his celebration has harassed for years that the nation is dealing with financial and never political difficulties. He attributed the political failures and disputes to an lack of ability to seek out options to financial issues.

Since Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, the nation has seen a number of governments kind and dissolve. The first was led by Mohammed Ghannouchi, then late Baji Caid Essebsi, adopted by Hammadi Jebali, Ali Arrayed, Mahdi Jumaa, Habib al-Said and Youssef al-Shahid. The subsequent authorities of Habib al-Jemli fell aside after not failing to achieve a confidence vote, then Ilyas al-Fakhfakh shaped a authorities however resigned and was succeeded by Mechichi on Sept. 2, 2020.

Political bickering has stopped all of them from fixing the nation’s financial disaster and addressing the individuals’s social and developmental calls for. Tunisia remains to be within the horrible financial disaster that erupted following the 2011 revolution. Protests and sit-ins have hindered manufacturing in a lot of very important sectors throughout the nation, whereas tourism revenues have considerably declined in gentle of terrorist assaults

In a video posted on Facebook Feb. 26, Hamma Hammami, spokesperson for the Tunisian opposition Workers Party, stated that the nationwide dialogue with the present ruling elite wouldn’t result in a political answer. He argued that the nation can solely be saved via the dissolution of parliament and the overthrow of the present regime.

On Dec. 30, 2020, Saied authorized the Tunisian General Labor Union’s proposal to start a nationwide dialogue to seek out options to the nation’s disaster.

However, the initiative was rejected by the Free Destourian Party (which incorporates probably the most distinguished figures of the previous regime of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali), over the inclusion of the Ennahda motion.

In 2013, a political and safety disaster ravaged Tunisia, with political assassinations and terrorism claiming the lives of two leaders of the leftist opposition and a lot of troopers in Jebel el-Chaambi within the west of the nation. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was then shaped to maintain a nationwide dialogue to comprise the disaster. 

The quartet, which is now defunct, consisted of the Tunisian General Labor Union, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, the Tunisian Human Rights League and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers. 

Zuhair al-Maghzawi, head of the People’s Movement Party and member of the parliamentary Democratic Bloc, which holds 38 seats in parliament, instructed Al-Monitor, “The People’s Movement Party’s only condition for entering into a national dialogue is the resignation of the failed government of Mechichi, which caused this suffocating crisis in the country. The national dialogue must include economic solutions with the participation of young people.” 

Rachid Ghannouchi, the parliament speaker and head of the average Islamist Ennahda, instructed Reuters March 10 that he noticed no justification for altering the present authorities, stressing that the nation wants political stability to provoke pressing financial reforms.

“The formation of a national salvation government is an acceptable idea but on the basis of continuity, not estrangement,” he stated. “Therefore, we do not see a need to change the team leader and the good ministers, regardless of their affiliations.”

Fouad Thamer, a lawmaker from Tunisia’s Qalb Tounes, which has 30 parliamentary seats, additionally rejected the concept of eradicating Mechichi from his place. “The resignation of the prime minister will further complicate the national dialogue and the situation in the country,” he told Al-Monitor.

Thamer called on political parties in Tunisia to engage in dialogue to find solutions and avoid the language of exclusion.

Abdel-Jabbar Maddouri, the former editor of Sawt Al-Shaab newspaper, told Al-Monitor, “The accusations leveled against the Ennahda movement, which ruled the country for 10 years, of being behind the political and economic failure are pushing many political parties to boycott this dialogue.”

He added, “Ennahda rejects any fundamental amendments to the Mechichi government, while the People’s Movement and the Democratic Current set these amendments as a condition for initiating the national dialogue.”