Tunisia: No Compromise So Far Around Candidate for Minister of Interior in Jomaa's Cabinet

Bardo, — Stakeholders in the national dialogue, who met Saturday evening, have reached, so far, no compromise around the candidate for Minister of the Interior in the new cabinet, amid Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa's insistence to re-appoint Lofti Ben Jeddou.

According to Samir Taieb, spokesman for "Al-Massar" party, the opposition has proposed to Mehdi Jomaa to temporarily hold the positions of Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior and appoint a Secretary of State for Security Affairs, pending a compromise around a candidate for this position that may intervene within a few days.

"Organisations sponsor of dialogue are striving to hammer out a compromise between different political parties around Mehdi Jomaa's cabinet," said Vice-President of the Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH), Ali Zdini.

Several opposition parties' representatives categorically turned down the decision to maintain Lofti Ben Jeddou as minister of the interior.

According to Rim Mahjoub, this refusal is not directed to the person of Ben Jeddou, but is in implementation of the roadmap which states explicitly that the new government should be composed of technocrats.

For Ennahdha Political Bureau president Ameur Larayedh, every party has the right to oppose the re-appointment of Ben Jeddou, but the final say rests with the prime minister and the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) which will give the government a vote of confidence.

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