Fakhfakh unveils cabinet lineup, says will use remaining constitutional deadlines to take appropriate approach [Upd 2]
15/02/2020 22:30, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Prime Minister-designate Elyes Fakhfakh announced, after a meeting with President Kais Saied on Saturday evening, his proposed cabinet lineup before Ennahdha movement pulled out of it.

He said a decision was taken in consultation with the Head of State to use the remaining constitutional deadlines to “take the appropriate approach that serves the country’s higher interests.”

The government lineup, the result of consultations with the parties and parliamentary groups concerned, is made up of 31 members, including two secretaries of state.

Fakhfakh said in a statement aired by "Watania 1" TV channel he had informed the Head of State of the results of the consultations held with his partners, "which showed progress in terms of principles, government approach, support, working mechanisms and government lineup."

The 48-year-old PM-designate, who had previously held ministerial positions, spoke of the "great efforts made until Saturday morning to overcome obstacles and end up with a government with a comfortable majority in Parliament".

On the other hand, he said the Ennahda movement, which he described as "the main partner", had "chosen one hour before the announcement of this lineup to pull out of the proposed formation and refused to give confidence to the government, due to the non-involvement of the Qalb Tounes party in the government coalition."

Fakfhfakh considered that "this decision puts the country into a difficult situation which requires considering the constitutional, legal and political options available." He announced his decision along with the President of the Republic "and out of responsibility to use the remaining constitutional deadlines to take the appropriate approach that serves the best interests of the country".

The PM-designate had presented on Saturday morning to 4 parties (Ennahdha, the Democratic Current, Echaab Movement and Tahya Tounes) and 3 parliamentary blocs (National Reform, Al-Karama and Al Mustakbal) the final composition of the government. The Qalb Tounes and Free Destourien parties declined the invitation.

The Ennahdha movement (54 out of 217 MPs in parliament) on Saturday afternoon announced their decision to pull out of the Fakhfakh government formation and not to give it confidence in parliament.

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