20 February 2013

Tunisia: Ennahdha Still Undecided On Choice of Next PM - Presidency Spokesman

Carthage — Ennahdha Movement has not taken a final decision on the choice of the personality to form the next government and the issue is still under discussion, Official Spokesman for the Presidency of the Republic Adnene Mansar said Wednesday.

Speaking to the press, Adnene Mansar said Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki has begun consultations on this issue with several parties, particularly those represented at the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) and others.

Adnene Mansar hoped the next PM will be appointed in the next two days, saying the decision rests with the party having a relative majority at the NCA; the other parties of the Troika are not involved, according to him.

With regard to the reading of Article 19 of the law on the provisional regulation of public authorities which, according to many experts, allows the President of the Republic, to ask the most appropriate person to form a new government, Adnene Mansar said other experts have conflicting views on the issue.

"The problem Tunisia faces now is political rather than legal and should be resolved on the basis of political consensus," he argued, asking what is the point of nominating a person who does not meet the necessary unanimity of the NCA.

He also denied that Ennahdha had expressed willingness to give up sovereign ministries.

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