Ennahda Lays Out New Tunisia Government Terms
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Tunisia's ruling party Ennahda detailed proposals to end weeks of political crisis, saying they will accept a technocrat government once consensus on the constitution and an election timetable are agreed.
"When agreement has been reached on the constitution, the electoral law, the body charged with overseeing elections and the three dates of the presidential ... and legislative elections, then a government of independents could be formed," senior Ennahda official Ameur Larayedh told Tunisian radio station Mosaique FM, on Monday.
Umbrella opposition group the National Salvation Front (NSF) has repeatedly demanded the resignation of the government and the formation of a non-partisan administration, before negotiating on the constitution and timing of fresh elections, Aljazeera reported.
The Islamists, who originally rejected calls for the dissolution of the current government, indicated last week for the first time since the start of the crisis that they would accept in principle the resignation of the cabinet led by Prime Minister Ali Larayedh.
But they stressed the need first to resolve all major political differences, including over the new constitution, whose drafting has been blocked by disagreement in the national assembly.
On Saturday, the NSF launched what it called the "week of departure," a week-long campaign of protests to bring down the government, starting with a mass rally outside the assembly.