Tunisia’s Ghannoushi Mediates between President, PM

Tunisia’s Ghannoushi Mediates between President, PM

Monday, 22 October, 2018 - 08:00
Mayor of Tunis Souad Abderrahim. Asharq Al-Awsat
Tunis - Al Munji Al Saidani
Co-founder and intellectual leader of Ennahdha Party Rached Ghannouchi was chosen last week to lead inclusive partisan negotiations in hopes of resolving the political crises devastating Tunisia.

Tunisian public institutions are standing on a precipice as the parliament faces impasse and the country’s executive branches are at each others’ throats.

Ghannouchi is expected to hold consultations with President Beji Caid Essebsi before he places further pressure on Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, who is known to be politically ambitious and eyeing the presidency in upcoming elections.

Political parties and social organizations involved in the Carthage Declaration consultations are also expected to meet with Ghannouchi.

Ennahdha senior member Abdelkarim Harouni expressed the party’s keenness for being part of the political solution and helping form partisan consensus.

Harouni said that Ennahdha wishes to maintain a strong and positive relationship with both Essebsi and Chahed in order to preserve government stability.

He added that the party prioritizes economic and social reforms and progress as core government objectives in the fight against corruption.

Reaffirming that the party will not partake in the ongoing political conflict, Harouni said that Ennahdha is spending relentless efforts to end the crisis between the heads of executive authority.

On the other hand, Ennahdha official Zubair al-Shahoudi said the party does not rule out a woman's candidacy for upcoming presidential elections.

The movement is prepared to nominate a number of candidates to run in upcoming polls, Shahoudi added.

Shahoudi said Ghannouchi will be among those nominated, along with Souad Abderrahim.

Abderrahim is a member of Ennahda and the first woman to serve as Tunis' mayor.

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