25 January 2013

Tunisia: Cabinet Reshuffle to Involve At Least One Sovereign Ministry - Ennahdha

Tunis — "The Cabinet reshuffle will involve at least a sovereign ministry and provides for the creation of the position of general co-ordinator of the government", information officer at the Ennahdha Movement Najib Gharbi told TAP Friday.

"Consultations between the Troika parties will continue until late in the night," he said, adding that this meeting will help put the finishing touches to the new government line-up.

"The Prime Minister will hold meetings with outgoing ministers," he also said.

Official spokesman for the "Ettakatol" party Mohamed Bennour reiterated his party's attachment to see this reshuffle involve the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice to meet the expectations of the public opinion.

What is most important is to end up with a convincing reshuffle and sent a reassuring message to the Tunisian people, he argued.

Mr. Tarak Kahlaoui, political bureau member of the Congress of the Republic Party (CPR) and member of the high co-ordination of the Troika pointed to the ongoing meeting between the ruling Troika without giving more details.

"The Wafa Movement has turned down the proposal of the ruling coalition to run the portfolios of human rights and transitional justice and be given the position of minister adviser to the Prime Minister," said Slim Boukhdir, political bureau member.

The proposed reshuffle "has involved ministerial departments according to the quota policy without taking into account government programmes and policies," he indicated.

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