In a split within his fellow opposition leaders, Nidaa Tounes leader Beji Caid Essebsi announced yesterday that he does not support the Irhal opposition campaign to remove public officials appointed by the current government.
This campaign accuses the current government of political nepotism and aims to remove governors, administrators, and heads of public institutions appointed under the Ennahdha-led government. Irhal was launched two weeks ago by the National Salvation Front opposition coalition, of which Essebsi's party is a member. [display_posts type=”related” limit=”3″ position=”right”]
The opposition leader argued that these officials could only be removed following an official review process.
I support the notion of state Essebsi said, to the private Nessma TV station, adding a reference to Tunisia's colonial past.
We worked on establishing the state after a big war with the colonizer, he said, adding [we cannot] destroy it.
Opposition leaders sought to distance Essebsi from his party.
Essebsi's position of Irhal campaign is a personal assessment that does not reflect the position of his party, Popular Front spokesperson Hama Hammami said to radio station Mosaique FM. The Popular Front is also a member of the National Salvation Front.
Essebsi denied that any deal exists between Nidaa Tounes and Ennahdha and that the August 15 meeting with Ennahdha leader Rached Ghannouchi in Paris was his idea.
Essebsi's interview came only days after Ghannouchi spoke to the same TV station.[display_posts type=”same_author” limit=”3″ position=”right”]
Ghannouchi stated that as Tunisia's two biggest parties, Nidaa Tounes and Ennahdha should be in contact.
For Tunisia's sake I am willing to go even to Guatemala, Ghannouchi said, referencing the Paris meeting.