17 January 2013

Tunisia: Troika-Reshuffle - Possible Withdrawal of Ettakatol Party, Says Its Spokesman

Tunis — Ettakatol Party Spokesman Mohamed Bannour said Thursday that his party is not feeling so far that there is a will of its main partner in the ruling coalition to reshuffle the Government, adding that Ettakatol is considering withdrawing from the interim Government.

In a statement to TAP news agency, Mohamed Bannour pointed out that the party politburo will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday evening under the chairmanship of its Secretary General Mustapha Ben Jaafar to follow up the latest developments concerning the Government reshuffle, explaining that this meeting had been decided "in the higher interest of the nation."

Ettakatol is working, through the expected Government reshuflle, for reassuring the public opinion and opening a new page in this crucial stage ahead of the elections, he affirmed, reminding that his party had joined the Government in view of the national interest.

The reshuffle, scheduled for last January 14, has been postponed in view of continued negotiations between the ruling troika parties over the distribution of portfolios and consultations with other parties to extend the ruling coalition.

A meeting is also scheduled on Thursday morning at Carthage palace between the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and the National Constituent Assembly Speaker.

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