The new Head of Government designate will put his proposed new cabinet to the Assembly of the Representatives of the People, (ARP) tomorrow to secure the vote of confidence his proposals will need to assume their roles.
However, despite complaints over the representation of different parties within the proposed cabinet, Head of Government designate, Youssef Chahed has confirmed that there will be no further changes to his prosals before tomorrow’s vote.
In the past few days Chahed has held a series of meetings with 14 recently nominated Secretaries of State in an attempt to bridge disagreements among the various factions over his choices for the new cabinet. The outcome of these negotiations is expected to be evident in tomorrow’s vote.
According to Mosaique FM, Chahed will use tomorrow’s speech in the ARP to outline the program for his new government. The focus of both speech and program is expected to include the economic issues facing the country, the dire state of public finances and the economic and social reforms he intends to implement.
Speaking on Shems Fm, President of the Free Patriotic Union Party, Slim Riahi said that his party would only vote with Chahed if he promises the government will stick to delivering the recovery program discussed by representatives of all the major parties previously at the Presidential Palace at Carthage.
Speaking to Tunisia Live, Political Analyst Youssef Wesleti said the confidence vote in the Chahed Government “will be a very hard vote, due to the tensions existing among the various parties in parliament. Afek Tounes, for example, are trying to improve their negotiating position because, ultimately, they can’t oppose the new government’s appointments. The same logic applies for Nidaa Tounes and Ennahda. The latter, however, continue to be dissatisfied over Chahed’s decision not to appoint their proposed candidate as Minister of Agriculture.”
Weslati explained existing tensions from, among others, the Free Patriotic Union Party and Al Horra Bloc will mean Tunisia “will become a country similar to Belgium, where no-one is entirely satisfied as everyone must compromise” he added, “I think despite this the Chahed Government will win.”
The vote of confidence is a procedure implemented to approve a new government, carried out through an absolute majority of 109 votes in accordance with the internal law of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People (ARP). If the government fails to secure an absolute majority vote, this will result in a vote of no-confidence.
Zaineb is a journalist in the Tunisia Live newsroom. She speaks Arabic, French and English.