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Tunisia Ghannouchi: ‘Government of Fakhfakh includes prominent people’

Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rashid Al Ghannouchi attends the 4th congress of Nahda movement student branches at Tunisia University in Tunis, Tunisia on 18 January 2020. [Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency]
Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rashid Al Ghannouchi attends the 4th congress of Nahda movement student branches at Tunisia University in Tunis, Tunisia on 18 January 2020. [Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency]

President of Ennahda movement and Speaker for the Tunisian parliament, Rached Ghannouchi, praised the government announced by the Prime Minister-designate Elyes Fakhfakh, on Wednesday.

In the first press statement after the announcement, Ghannouchi said: “The composition of the government is reasonable and has a balance between the parliamentary and governmental representation.”

He continued: “There is a degree of balance. However, it is more about achieving harmony and making the right choices than balancing the government components with mathematical exactness.”

He added: “We are satisfied with the government structure, and we consider it balanced, as it includes prominent and well-respected personalities from the political parties.”

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Ghannouchi indicated that “the government is made up of many parties that will meet based on a government program. Government solidarity requires cooperation and commitment to the program.”

Ghannouchi’s statement came following a parliament office meeting, at the end of which the responsible parties decided to hold a plenary session next Wednesday to vote on granting confidence to the new government. It is expected, according to the parties’ inclination to support the government, that Fakhfakh’s ministerial team will be granted confidence by 54 of Ennahda’s representatives, 41 deputies of the Democratic Bloc, and 14 representatives of Tahya Tounes, as well as several independents, and MPs from the National Reform Bloc.

Heart of Tunisia (38 deputies) did not reveal its final decision regarding the new government yet, as the party is expected to announce its position after its political bureau holds a meeting.

The government formation announced by Fakhfakh included seven ministers from Ennahda movement.

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