Tunisia parties seek to remove parliamentary speaker Rached Ghannouchi

Tunisia parties seek to remove parliamentary speaker Rached Ghannouchi
Tunisia parties seek to remove parliamentary speaker Rached Ghannouchi

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - At least five Tunisian parties plan to launch a vote of no confidence in parliamentary speaker Rached Ghannouchi who has been accused of partisan interests, while members of his moderate Islamist Ennahda party have called for a new government, escalating the country's political crisis.

The no-confidence motion poses the biggest challenge yet to Ennahda, which first took power following the Arab uprisings, but was forced to step down in 2013 after a series of protests.

Pressure on the government has mounted in recent weeks after opponents called for the resignation of Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh over an alleged conflict of interest.

On Sunday, Ennahda, the main party in the ruling coalition, said it supported calls to change the government.

Ennahda said it wanted "to hold talks to form a strong new government because this government lost credibility after suspicion of conflict of interest involving the prime minister", Imed Khmiri a senior official in Ennahda, said.

Mr Fakhfakh has rejected accusations of corruption after an independent member of parliament published documents last month indicating that companies the prime minister owns shares in had won deals worth US$15 million from the state.

Mohammed Ammar from Attayar party said a group of parliamentary blocs agreed to start the process of expressing a lack of confidence in the speaker, citing several violations, poor management and unilateral decisions that serve partisan interests.

These blocs include the Tahya Tounes, Attayar, Chaab and Reform parties, which are in the coalition with Ennahda.

The Free Constitutional party led by Abir Moussi, a supporter of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali overthrown by the 2011 revolution, has campaigned to dismiss Mr Ghannouchi for weeks.

Mr Moussi's party accused Mr Ghannouchi of serving the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda and foreign allies, including Turkey and Qatar.

Mr Ghannouchi has rejected these claims, arguing that Tunisians want a government focused on economic and social policy, not political infighting.

Procedures for withdrawing confidence require the signature of 73 members of the house for it to be put to a public vote. To succeed, 109 legislators will need to vote for no-confidence.

The five parties have about 90 members.

Updated: July 13, 2020 12:04 PM

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