By Afef Abrougui | Dec 30 2013joumhouri , national salvation front , Opposition , third-featured , third-national-featured ,
The al-Joumhouri party has withdrawn from the Union for Tunisia opposition coalition.
The coalition, which was established last year, now consists of the Nidaa Tounes and al-Massar parties, along with two other opposition parties.
The decision to withdraw from the coalition followed the party’s central committee meeting held throughout the weekend in Sousse.
The majority of the committee’s members voted in support of the withdrawal, al-Joumhouri secretary-general Maya Jribi announced on Sunday.
The Union for Tunisia “failed to turn into a political and electoral alliance as it was declared in its announcement of founding.” according to an al-Joumhouri statement released Sunday.
The party also cited “obstruction of coordination between the union’s different components after joining the National Salvation Front.”
The National Salvation Front was formed by opposition political parties following the assassination of National Constituent Assembly (NCA) member Mohamed Brahmi. It aimed to topple the three-party coalition government and dissolve the NCA.
In the same statement, Al-Jomhouri reiterated its commitment to collaborate with other opposition parties under the umbrella of the National Salvation Front “to make the democratic transition a success.”
Speaking to the radio station Mosaique FM on Monday, Nidaa Tounes member Mohsen Marzouk said that al-Jomhouri’s withdrawal was “expected because of its numerous divergences with other Union for Tunisia components.”