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Ennahda accuses opposition of undermining national dialogue in Tunisia

February 5, 2014 at 2:04 am

Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party Ennahda has accused the opposition, particularly the Popular Front, of creating obstacles to undermine the national dialogue.

During a conference on Thursday in the capital Tunis, Ennahda’s spokesperson Ziad Laadhari said: “the most important political forces in the ruling coalition and the opposition have already agreed to nominate Jalloul Ayed, the former finance minister, as prime minister. But the Popular Front has refused his nomination. By refusing Ayed’s nomination, the Popular Front has undermined the national dialogue despite the fact that most of Tunisia’s political forces have agreed to his nomination.”

Laadhari added that Ennahda was not the one that nominated Jalloul Ayed. Tunisia’s main political forces decided to nominate him as a national figure to lead the transitional government. Ennahda accepted Ayed’s nomination in order for the national dialogue to succeed. However, Laadhari pointed out that some political forces, mainly the Popular Front, did not respond properly to Ennahda’s openness and the concessions it has offered for the success of the national dialogue.