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Former Tunisian Ministers Grill Ennahda Leader for Making False Claims

Former Tunisian Ministers Grill Ennahda Leader for Making False Claims

Wednesday, 21 November, 2018 - 12:45
Head of the Ennahda party, Rached Ghannouchi. (Reuters)
Tunis - Al-Monji al-Souaidani
A number of former Tunisian ministers have come together in pressing charges against Ennahda party leader Rached Ghannouchi after he described ministers who departed Prime Minister Youssef Chahed’s government as being corrupt.

Ennahda is also accused of forming shadow security agencies, which conduct undisclosed operations and investigations from a “black room” where classified documents are being kept, and from which the 2013 assassinations of politicians Chokri Belaid and Mohammad Brahmi were orchestrated.

The movement has denied the claims.

Former ministers Ghazi al-Gribi, Mabruk Kershid and Majduline Al-Sharani expressed their intention to sue Ghannouchi, asking him to provide evidence to corroborate his accusations against the presence of corrupt ministers. He will face charges for making false claims if he is unable to do so.

Politicians have voiced their concern over Ghannouchi's statements in that they mislead the “public opinion.”

Ennahda quickly came to clarify Ghannouchi’s statements, saying he meant no “direct or indirect harm” to the departing ministers.

It said that he did not accuse anyone of corruption, but only described the ministers according to standards that are followed in assessing their performance.

Chahed reshuffled his government earlier this month in a bid to end a months-long paralyzing political crisis.

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