First Published: 2013-08-11

 

No dialogue with Ennahda: Tunisia opposition proposes government of national salvation

 

Coalition of Tunisian opposition parties intends to propose next week cabinet of independents to end political crisis shaking country.

 

Middle East Online

Degage!

TUNIS - A coalition of Tunisian opposition parties intends to propose next week a cabinet of independents to end the political crisis shaking the country, one of their members said Saturday.

"The National Salvation Front will continue to work toward a government of national salvation and make its proposals on independent figures to constitute it next week," said Karima Souid, from the Massar party.

"The front will also set out a precise road map," she added.

The front is a mixed bag of parties running from the extreme left to the centre-right that is demanding that the Islamist-led government of Prime Minister Ali Larayedh step down.

The North African country has seen almost non-stop political turmoil since the February assassination of opposition politician and MP Chokri Belaid.

His killing was followed by the murder on July 25 of another opposition figure, Mohamed Brahmi.

The murders have been blamed on radical Islamists, and the cabinet has been accused of not doing enough to prevent such killings.

The opposition has rejected talks with the government until it steps down, while the Ennahda party that heads the coalition has ruled out any dialogue conditional on its ouster.

But Souid said there "can be no discussion until a government of national salvation is put in place. That is non-negotiable."

Larayedh has refused to resign, and vowed Thursday that his cabinet will make every effort to turn to dialogue with its critics to resolve the crisis.

"Dialogue is the best way to overcome difficulties and resolve current problems," he said in a message for the start of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

It was his first reaction to Tuesday's suspension of the work of the elected National Constituent Assembly pending negotiations between the opposition and the government.

Assembly speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar has proposed that the powerful UGTT trade unions organisation, which has called for a government of technocrats, mediate talks between the cabinet and opposition.

Since its 2011 election, the assembly has failed to hammer out a consensus on a new constitution following a revolution that ousted long-time president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali earlier the same year.

The suspension of the assembly throws into question Larayedh's target of adopting a new constitution and electoral law by October 23 ahead of a proposed December 17 election.

 

US, Arab allies unleash deadly strikes against IS jihadists in Syria

New Gaza truce talks set for end of October

Libya parliament approves Thani’s cabinet lineup

Arab Bank found liable for backing terrorism

Qatar ‘will not host’ 2022 World Cup: Blame it on temperatures!

Israel kills 2 Palestinians suspected of murdering three teens

Bahrain sets November 22 date for parliament vote

Kuwaiti acquits 67 stateless protesters

French PM: 'No discussion' with Algeria hostage-takers

US-led strikes target IS jihadists in Syria

World leaders confront crises on many fronts at UN

Kurds slow jihadist advance on key border town in northern Syria

Mossad launches new website to recruit potential spooks

Saudi second Crown Prince: We must protect our youth from ‘forces of darkness’

Australia to join US-led air campaign in Iraq

Freed to be rearrested: Palestinian prisoners plan hunger strike

Lebanon describes abuse of Syria detainees as ‘isolated incident’

Abadi opposes foreign ground intervention in Iraq

Algeria army eliminates ‘terrorist chief’ in Kabylie region

Huthi rebels hold key Sanaa offices after hard-won peace deal

Better safe than sorry: EU boosts security after jihadist threat

Iran conducts arrests over ‘SMS Khomeini insults’

Rouhani: Iran cornerstone of stability in Mideast

4 Saudis sentenced to death in 'bloodiest terror' cell

Australia’s Howard 'embarrassed' US intel on Iraq WMD unfounded

IS urges Muslims to kill citizens from US-led coalition

Over 130,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey

South Sudan peace talks resume in Ethiopia

Iraq loses communication with soldiers near Fallujah

Palestinians intensive diplomatic campaign on three fronts

Rival Yemen groups sign UN-brokered deal

US discusses IS militant threat with arch-foe Iran

Turkey's PKK urges fellow Kurds to fight IS jihadists in Syria

UN warns over 'forcible transfer' of Palestinian Bedouin

Syria denies use of chlorine chemicals

Court verdict paves way for release of activist Mahienour el-Massry

IS fighters lay siege to Syria Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab

Huthi seditious plans come out in open: Capture of government HQ in Sanaa

Israel steps up cyber-defense with new national body

Egypt military aircraft crashes after technical failure

Erdogan confesses: Turkey held ‘diplomatic negotiations’ with Islamic State

Pope denounces Islamic State: Religion cannot be used to justify violence!

Solution according to Huthis: Deal in Saada and battles in Sanaa

Bloody attack strikes outside Egypt Foreign Ministry in Cairo

Mediators denounce ‘senseless fighting’ in South Sudan