17 January 2013

Tunisia: Ministerial Reshuffle Could Be Announced Next January 22 - Fethi Ayedi

Bardo — Ennahdha Movement Shura Council Chairman Fethi Ayedi asserted Thursday, that "the ministerial reshuffle could be announced next January 22," adding that "the Prime Minister will have the last say."

"The majority of political players with whom Ennahdha has carried out negotiations are willing to enter the government alliance," Mr. Ayedi stated to TAP news agency, on the sidelines of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) plenary session.

"Proposals and answers will be submitted, Thursay at the latest, to the PM who will in turn submit them to NCA for approval," he specified.

He added that "consultations on the ministerial reshuffle are being finalised," specifying that "Mr. Hamadi Jebali presented to Ennahdha his proposed names, as the other parties."

Besides, Mr. Fethi Ayedi pointed out that consultations are being carried out with the Republican Party and Al-Massar, adding that the "conditions posed by the Republican Party to join the governmental team" had been rejected by his party.

"If the Republican Party is willing to integrate the government alliance, Ennahdha is ready to grant it some of the ministries of sovereignty," he said, otherwise his party is "attached to the ministries of sovereignty and to preserve the political nature of this government. We don't accept independent technocrats in the ministries of sovereignty," he insisted.

In another connection, Mr. Ayedi mentioned that several parties such as the Congress for the Republic and Ettakatol call for the neutrality of the ministries of sovereignty, but "Ennahdha Movement is attached to these ministries, while being convinced of the need to change some others."

Commenting the declarations of Ettakatol spokesman Thursday on a possible withdrawal of his party from the ruling alliance, Mr. Ayedi said "we know Ettakatol and we are certain that it will ensure that Tunisia's interest will prevail over its partisan interests."

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