US News Tunisia: resignation of Fakhfakh after less than five months as Prime Minister

01:05  16 july  2020
01:05  16 july  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh resigned from his post on Wednesday, the government Political deadlock. The collapse of Fakhfakh 's government comes less than five months after it was The prime minister 's resignation will also likely further delay economic reforms and efforts to

Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh has submitted his resignation to President Kais Saied, Reuters reported, citing sources. Fakhfakh presented his resignation after Tunisia 's moderate Islamist party Ennahda, the main party in the ruling coalition, decided to push for a vote of no

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Tunisian head of government Elyes Fakhfakh, weakened by a conflict of interest case, presented his resignation on Wednesday under party pressure Islamist-inspired Ennahdha, paving the way for thorny new negotiations to form a government.

This resignation comes at a time when the Tunisia , largely spared from the coronavirus, is hit hard by the economic and social fallout from the closure of the borders, notably sparking mobilizations in the south of its territory.

"To avoid conflicts between institutions in the country, the head of government Elyes Fakhfakh has resigned to President Kais Saied, in order to open a new path for him out of this crisis," wrote the Prime Minister's office in a statement.

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The prime minister has fought back, mainly targeting his detractors at Ennahda. Fakhfakh announced earlier in the week that he would reshuffle the cabinet, looking to strip the party that holds the largest bloc of seats in the legislature of its portfolios. Ennahda has been criticized by its opponents in

Mr. Fakhfakh, 47, leader of an unelected social democratic party who was sworn in on February 27, will continue to govern until a successor is appointed. He will have carried out one of the shortest terms since the revolution of 2011 which swept the regime of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali .

Tunisia, one of the only countries affected by the Arab Spring uprisings to continue on the path of democratization, has since experienced a waltz of governments, which have failed to meet the social expectations of the population.

Ennahdha, who has six ministers in the government, had today tabled a motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister, highlighting the suspicions of corruption hanging over him.

These six ministers, including that of Health Abdellatif Mekki who orchestrated the fight against the Covid-19, were dismissed Thursday evening, and replaced by temporary workers, said the Prime Minister's office.

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According to Tunisian “Mosaique FM” radio, Prime Minister Elias El- Fakhfakh submitted his resignation to Tunisian President Qais Said, after the meeting held today at the Carthage Palace in the Tunisian capital. The radio had reported earlier today that the Tunisian President had met with

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia ’s Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said on Monday he will conduct a cabinet reshuffle in the coming days amid a row with the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, in what appears to be a step to remove Ennahda ministers in the government. Ennahda said on Monday that it wants a

Ennahdha "marginalized"

Mr. Fakhfakh, former executive of a subsidiary of the French energy group Total , is under the influence of a parliamentary investigation, accused of not having ceded the management of his shares in companies of which have won major public contracts in recent months.

But for Ennahdha, it was also a question of reconfiguring a government coalition in which this group felt "marginalized", according to political scientist Chokri Bahria.

Indeed, Ennahdha, although the main party in Parliament, won only 54 seats out of 217 in the legislative elections in October, its lowest score since the 2011 revolution.

Consequence: the party had failed to unite this fall a majority around the head of government of his choice, after months of arduous negotiations.

This left the field open to President Kais Saied, a fierce independent, who appointed Prime Minister Fakhfakh, surrounded by a coalition claiming the values ​​of the revolution, and reluctant to partisan compromises dear to Ennahdha.

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Tunisian President Kais Saied on Monday designated Elyes Fakhfakh as prime minister , a presidency statement said, after the fractured parliament this month rejected a Tunisia ’s former finance minister Elyes Fakhfakh has been named the country’s new PM AFP - ERIC PIERMONT.

TUNIS (Reuters) - At least five Tunisian parties plan to launch a vote of no confidence in parliamentary speaker Rached Ghannouchi who has been accused of Pressure on the government has mounted in recent weeks after opponents called for the resignation of Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh over an

"Ennahdha was forced to accept (this coalition government) to avoid new elections," said Bahria. But, facing the Saied-Fakhfakh axis, "she finds herself in an executive with which she finds it difficult to compose, and within which she does not weigh much".

Especially since certain parliamentary blocs participating in the government alongside Ennahdha have turned against this party, voting on texts that put the conservative party and its leader Rached Ghannouchi , president of the Parliament, in difficulty.

"Flight ahead"

This resignation once again places President Kais Saied at the center of the political game: according to the presidency, which is based on article 89 of the Constitution, he is now responsible for appointing a new Prime Minister in ten days.

This article stipulates that the President of the Republic must designate a person capable of governing after "consultations with political parties, coalitions and parliamentary groups". This person will himself have a month to convince the absolute majority of deputies to approve his team.

A challenge given that the Parliament elected in October is made up of a myriad of parties, some of which are at loggerheads.

Neither Ennahdha and his rare allies, nor the pole that had formed around Mr. Fakhfakh can easily muster a majority.

"This is a headlong rush, with the risk that these overbidding politicians will increase social tensions, when we are told of a 7% decline in growth and significant job losses," warns Nessrine Jelalia, of the NGO Al Bawsala, which observes the parliamentary work.

Protesters camped for a week in the south of the country near an oil production site to claim jobs again on Wednesday threatened to block production, failing concrete measures.

07/15/2020 22:57:46 - Tunis ( AFP ) - © 2020 AFP

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