Speaker of Tunisian parliament and head of the Ennahda Movement, Rached Ghannouchi, stressing on Monday that Ramadan is a “month of reconciliation” among all people, including political “parties and all the authorities.”
In a speech posted on his Facebook page to mark the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Ghannouchi said: “Tunisia is fine, and faces no risks as long as we adhere to the teachings of our religion, national unity, democracy, and freedoms.”
He added that “Ramadan is a month of reconciliation between all people … and this includes families, the regions, the parties, and all the sides and authorities.”
“A month that should bring people together, and during which our people should witness important developments in their lives.”
“Our country needs more efforts; Ramadan is not a month of laziness and inactivity… We need to keep up on religious, social, and economic work.”
Tunisians will fast, Ramadan, this year while suffering from a suffocating economic and social crisis, which has been exacerbated by the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s economy has recorded a sharp decline, while many regions are witnessing protests and sectorial demands.
A dispute between President Kais Saied and Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi that erupted on 16 January after the latter announced a partial government reshuffle, has been intensifying. Saied has not yet invited the new ministers to swear the oath of office, as he considers the reshuffle to be marred by violations.