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    Opposition Parties Open to Joining a National Unity Government

    By Amira Masrour | Jan 4 2013 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

    Tags: Al Joumhouri , Ennahdha , Rachid Ghannouchi , third-featured , tnAc ,

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    Opposition political parties, such as Wafa Movement and Al-Joumhouri, are welcoming the possibility to join the actual government, but each has their own conditions.

    “Wafa Movement may join the current government only if [the latter] accepts to make reforms and introduce our political program, which deals with the issue of employment, living costs, and corruption,” said Nacer Brahmi, a National Constituent Assembly (NCA) member affiliated with Wafa Movement.

    As far as Al-Joumhouri party is concerned, party leader Ahmed Nejib Chebbi did not refuse the possibility that Al-Joumhouri becomes part of the government, yet his political stance was not void of terms.

    “Al-Joumhouri party could join the government only if it does not exclude any political figures from the [opposition] coalition, including the Popular Front and Nidaa Tounes party members, but if it carries on its polarizing politics, there will be no way to join the government,” stated Chebbi.

    Chebbi denied today on Tunisian radio Mosaique FM that he is interested in any high-level ministerial position.

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    “I do not mind that Al-Joumhouri party participates in a national unity government and I do want to serve my country. However, right now, I do not feel I am interested in bearing the responsibility to be a minister,” said Chebbi in the radio interview.

    The interview followed a meeting between Chebbi and Rachid Ghannouchi, the founder of the ruling Ennahdha party. The meeting was proposed by Ghannouchi as an initiative to enter in dialogue with opposition parties to discuss solutions for the hardships the country is currently facing.

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    1. Jawed /

      The idea of a national unity government is constructive and might lead to an improvement in the poor performance of the current government of the Troika. However, due to the fact that there’s just a few months remaining until the next general elections, it is doubtful that a new government of national unity will be able to make a big difference in the socioeconomic condition of the country. The important thing is the completion of the constitution, which has dragged on for too long. People are disappointed by the sterile debates among the members if the NCA and would like to see more focus on the completion of the constitution so they can vote on it and go to the general elections. Tunisia is in dyre need for an elected government that can put the economy on the right track and help people who need a job so they can support themselves and their families. Too much time and energy has already been waisted on distractions and the pursuit of government seats.

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