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Tunisia: Ghannouchi expresses support for Chahed

Tunisian President Beji Ceid Essebsi (R) shakes hands with Ennahdha Islamist party Leader Rached Ghannouchi during an event in Tunis on January 14, 2015 [File poto]

The leader of Tunisia’s Ennahda movement, Rached Ghannouchi, yesterday reiterated his commitment to Youssef Chahed’s position as the head of government, but called for a cabinet reshuffle “as soon as possible”.

In statements to the local Mosaique radio, Ghannouchi explained that he hoped “the ministerial reshuffle will take place as soon as possible, and that the next government will include as many parties as possible regardless of the movement’s representation”.

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Ghannouchi also described his relationship with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi as “good”. This statement comes just days after Essebsi’s declaration that his relationship with Ghannouchi “still persists, but the difference of views does not spoil amity”.

The Tunisian president has already announced the end of the agreement with the Ennahda movement, after “the latter preferred to form a coalition with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed,” as he phrased it.

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