In a meeting in Paris last Thursday, Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the ruling Ennahdha party, offered his counterpart in Nidaa Tounes, Beji Caid Essebsi, the presidency and four ministries for opposition parties in exchange for ending the political crisis in the country and keeping the National Constituent Assembly intact, according to multiple opposition sources.
Essebsi is said to have refused the offer. [display_posts type=”related” limit=”3″ position=”right”]
These are all rumors, I can neither confirm nor deny it, said Zoubeir Chehoudi, a member of Ennahdha's Shura council. He referred to the party's press statement as the official response to the Paris meeting.
Ammar Amrousia, a leader of the opposition Popular Front coalition, said the offer had indeed been made.
Leaders of Ennahdha are seeking alliances with Nidaa Tounes and are discrediting the Popular Front, said Amrousia, a member of the Popular Front's executive board.
Nidaa Tounes is not a member of the Popular Front. [display_posts type=”same_author” limit=”3″ position=”right”]
The meeting between the two leaders occurred despite Nidaa Tounes' stated position that the ouster of the government and dissolution of the NCA are preconditions for dialogue with Ennahdha.
Lazher Akremi, a spokesperson for Nidaa Tounes, downplayed the meeting as personal but also confirmed Ghannouchi's offer.
Akremi added that Nidaa Tounes maintains the same demands as its allies in the opposition, which include a new technocratic government to finish drafting the constitution and plan elections.
Nissaf Salma contributed reporting