Tunisia: Mr. Mohamed Abbou Announces Resignation From Interim Government

Tunis — Minister in charge of Administrative Reform Mohamed Abbou announced, on Saturday, his resignation from the interim government.

In a meeting with the press, held on Saturday at the premises of the Congress For the Republic (CPR) party in Tunis, Mr. Abbou explained that his resignation was the outcome of to the controversy about his prerogatives, notably that pertaining to the creation of an administrative action monitoring mechanism.

However, Mr. Abbou made it clear that his resignation had no relation whatsoever with the present crisis tearing apart the ruling tripartite coalition on Bagdhadi Mahmoudi's handover to the Libyan authorities.

He added that he had a change-of-mind about this resignation last May 24, after having been promised by Ennahdha Movement that he will be entitled to have the prerogatives he requested, but that was never the case: he was stunned to receive a written decision from the Prime Ministry which pointedly specified the head of the government's refusal of above-mentioned request.

Mr. Mohamed Abbou, who is CPR Secretary-General, pointed out that the anti-corruption fight through the creation of a monitoring authority is "an urgent need for the administration reform," reminding that this issue had been agreed upon among members of the "Troika."

"I wish that my decision to resign would not impact our partners in the ruling coalition, at this delicate stage," he insisted.

Besides, Mr. Abbou pointed to the fact that the Tunisian administration "still shelters people implicated in corruption cases and who still practice nepotism," adding that there are also other people who are "meritorious and trustworthy."

The resigning minister said that his decision had nothing to do with any electoral ambitions, announcing that Mr. Moncef Marzouki will be the CPR's candidate in the next presidential election.

Mr. Mohamed Abbou also denied the news spread by some social networks that he had a position in the African Development Bank, adding that on this particular issue he lodged a complaint against three people responsible for this allegation.

On the resignation of Mr. Ayoub Massaoudi, Principal Adviser to the President of the Republic in charge of information, Mr. Abbou pointed out that he had been "under pressure these last few days" as a result of some "work malfunctioning," including for example the recent postponement of the speech which the President of the Republic should have delivered last Thursday.

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