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After eight months in office, barometer of political parties about Chahed’s government

Published the:  05/05/2017

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(TAP) – After eight months in office, the government of Youssef Chahed still does not have the unanimity. Shared about its performance, political parties are calling for a change to give it a new lease of life. One camp proposes a reshuffle, while another looks for a new cabinet.

According to Borhène Bsaïes, in charge of political affairs and spokesman of Nidaa Tounes Movement, "a ministerial reshuffle becomes inevitable to give a new breath to the work of the government and better adapt it to the socio-economic situation and the political reality in the Country".

Confident in the capacities of Youssef Chahed, Ennahdha Movement believes it is wise to let Chahed choose his team and develop a clear perception of the work of his government, said Ajmi Lourimi, a member of the political bureau of the party.

"We have to maintain confidence in Youssef Chahed, but at the same time we have to assess the performance of his government and, if necessary, consider changes in consultation with all parties," he said.

"The government needs a clearer vision, particularly with regard to major reforms and future political deadlines," he said.

"Formed on the basis of the policy of partisan quotas, the government of Youssef Chahed cannot continue. He was doomed to failure even before he entered office, "said Zied Lakhdhar, a member of the Council of Popular Front Party (PF) secretaries.

"The criterion of jurisdiction was not taken into consideration when forming this government," he said.

For him, the dismissal of the Minister of Education and the Minister of Finance reflects the flickering of the government of Chahed who is no longer able to control the state work.

"Composed mainly of Ennahdha Movement and Nidaa Tounes Movement, the coalition is both in power and in opposition, a form of schizophrenia that has contributed to the destabilisation of the Chahed government," he further explained.

According to Mohamed Troudi, a member of the political bureau of Machrou Tounes Movement, "the uncomfortable situation in which the government finds itself reflects the situation of the ruling coalition formed on the basis of the policy of partisan quotas".

"The adoption of the partisan quota policy in the formation of the government has prevented the components of the coalition to find pragmatic solutions to unblock the situation," he said.

"Sometimes in power, sometimes in opposition, the coalition suffers from a moral and political dysfunction," said Troudi, who denounced the government's irresponsibility for recent protests.

"The Machrou Tounes Movement is looking for the formation of a government of apolitical national skills," he said.

Under the leadership of Youssef Chahed, the National Unity Government entered into office on August 29, 2016.

After less than two months in office, Youssef Chahed dismissed Abdeljalil Salem, minister of religious affairs, for non-compliance with government work regulations.

On February 25, 2017, The President of the Government Youssef Chahed decided to carry out a cabinet reshuffle, whereby Ahmed Adhoum was appointed Minister of Religious Affairs, Khalil Ghariani, Minister of Public Service and Governance, and Abdellatif Hemam, Secretary of State for Trade.

Khalil Ghariani, who replaced Abid Briki (close to the Tunisian General Labor Union) as head of the Civil Service Department, declined the post.

On March 2, 2017, the Prime Minister decided the abolition of the Ministry of Civil Service and Governance and his attachment to the department to the Prime Ministry.

On Labour Day eve, the Prime Minister had decided the dismissal of the Minister of Education, Neji Jalloul, and the Minister of Finance, Lamia Zribi.

During a partial cabinet reshuffle, on April 30, 2017, Slim Khalbouss was appointed interim Minister of Education and Fadhel Abdelkafi, interim Minister of Finance.