Tunisia: Govt Formation Talks - Mechichi Meets With Representatives of Ennahdha Bloc

Tunis/Tunisia — President of Ennahdha parliamentary group (54 deputies) Noureddine Bhiri said his meeting on Monday with PM-designate Hichem Mechichi focused on the government formation, a set of political issues and the state of play in the country.

Bhiri told reporters following the talk in Dar Dhiafa, Carthage, this is the starting point for consultations on the formation of the next cabinet. More meetings will follow to take discussions further and have the new lineup submitted to parliament for approval in the shortest time possible.

The meeting was attended by Ennahdha spokesperson Imed Khemiri and President of the party's political bureau Noureddine Arbaoui.

Mechichi's talks with parliamentary blocs and political parties started on Monday. Parliamentary representation was taken into account. The PM-designate met last week with representatives of national organisations, such as the Tunisian General Labour Union, the National Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (French: UTICA), the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries (French:UTAP), the National Union of Tunisian Women (French: UNFT), the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (French: SNJT), the Confederation of Tunisian Citizen Enterprises (French:CONECT) , the Tunisian League of Human Rights and the National Anti-Corruption Authority (French: INLUCC).

Consultations also involved finance and economy experts, including current and former governors of Tunisia's Central Bank Marwan Abassi and Tawfik Baccar respectively as well as a number of ministers in the caretaker government (finance, social affairs, development, international cooperation and trade).

The PM-designate is set to meet Monday with three more parliamentary groups, namely the Democratic Bloc, Qalb Tounès and Al Karama.

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