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Who is to blame for Tunisia’s political stalemate?

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17.02.2020

On Friday evening, Tunisia’s Ennahda movement announced its withdrawal from the talks on the formation of the government. “Ennahda has decided not to take part in the government or in a vote of confidence,” the Head of the movement’s Shura Council, Abdelkarim Harouni, told a press conference.

Next day, Prime Minister designate Elyes Fakhfakh proposed the line-up of his government, blaming Ennahda for the possible failure of his task. “This decision [to withdraw] will put the country in a difficult situation,” he said. However, he pointed out that he would return to the movement for more discussions in the coming days, in the hope of getting its support once again.

It is not only Ennahda, which holds 53 out of 217 parliamentary seats, that would not vote for the proposed government, but also the other large parliamentarian blocs, the Heart of Tunisia, with 38 seats; the Free Destourian Party, 17 seats; and the Coalition for Dignity Party, 21 seats. All said that they would not have confidence in Fakhfakh’s government.

Thus, the government would either fall or get a very weak vote of confidence and would never be able to take any significant decisions or carry out essential reformation programmes. Either way, the country is facing a political and constitutional dilemma. If the government fails, the country is going to another election immediately, whereas if it gets approval, Tunisia faces an election in six months at the latest.

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“Fakhfakh’s government will not pass because it lacks enough parliamentarian and political support,” Tunisian journalist Abdel-Ra’uf Bali told MEMO. “If........

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