Tunisia: Withdrawn Deputies Demand Resignation of Current Government to Begin National Dialogue
Bardo — Withdrawn deputies reiterated, on Monday, their commitment to further boycott the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) and continue the “Rahil” sit-in and protests until the announcement of the resignation of the current government and the setting of a timetable for the completion of the NCA work.
These demands were echoed by a delegation representing withdrawn deputies at their meeting on Monday with NCA President Mustapha Ben Jaafar.
Speaking to journalists, Spokesman for the Al-Joumhouri party and member of the delegation Issam Chebbi said dissident deputies told NCA President that the “solution to the current crisis rests in the resignation of the government of Ali Larayedh. This resignation has to be accepted by the Troika and the Ennahdha Party.”
“We will continue the boycott of the NCA and the “Departure” (Rahil) sit-in while seeking a way out of the crisis and the completion of the democratic transition with an independent government,” stressed Issam Chebbi.
He also said that dialogue can begin only after setting its time limit.
Issam Chebbi also said the delegation stressed to Ben Jaafar “the importance of not giving in to the pressure exerted to resume the NCA work.”
Deputy Rim Mahjoub said “there would be signs for the end of the crisis, but concretely there is no reason for us to put an end to our protest.”
“They should announce clearly that the current government resigned and that it will continue its work until the formation of a non-partisan government whose members will not run for the next elections,” she indicated.
Deputy Fadhel Moussa said, on his part, that “conditions for a national dialogue can be summed up in the announcement of the resignation of the government, the formation of a government of national salvation, the way to dissolve the NCA after the completion of its work and the setting up of a timeline for elections.”
On another hand, the parliamentary group of Ennahdha held a meeting, in the presence of the party’s president Rached Ghannouchi.
The latter presented to members of the bloc details of the party’s proposals and its consultations with different protagonists.
The president of Ennahdha refused to make statements to the press neither on his party’s proposals for the launch of national dialogue, nor on the content of his meeting with his party’s parliamentary bloc.
Deputy Walid Bennani said the meeting focused on issues related to the government of election proposed by Ennahdha after the resignation of the current government, the resumption of NCA work and the way to end the transition stage.
Ettakatol’s withdrawn deputy Lobna Jeribi said “the NCA will not resume its work before the launch of the national dialogue” which aims to find a way out of the crisis and reach compromise on the way to finish the transition stage.