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Tunisia: Ennahda announces suspension of government formation consultations due to COVID-19

Members of the Ennahda Islamist bloc attend a parliamentary session in Tunis on January 26, 2021 [FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images]
Members of the Ennahda Islamist bloc attend a parliamentary session in Tunis on January 26, 2021 [FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images]

Tunisia's Ennahda Movement on Friday abruptly announced the suspension of consultations to form the government due to the massive spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The movement's spokesperson Fathi Ayadi disclosed: "The only battle for the Ennahda Movement now is to combat the coronavirus amid the country's serious health, social and economic conditions."

Ayadi called on the national forces to put their political disputes and battles aside and pay attention to the epidemiological crisis ravaging the country, asserting: "All other duties come second to confronting this crisis."

He stated: "Ennahda has stood and will continue to stand by its people by tackling real issues," while thanking Tunisian President Kais Saied for his efforts to address the health crisis.

Mounther Lounisi, member of Ennahda's Shura Council, confirmed in a press conference that his party is no longer concerned with any political consultations in the current situation due to the unprecedented spread of COVID-19.

READ: Tunisia's Ennahda calls for forming government to confront crises

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