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Tunisia’s Prime Minister-designate Youssef Chahed speaks during a news conference after his meeting with Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi (not pictured) in Tunisia, Tunis August 3, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Tunisia- Stances expressed by Ennahdha Party and Al Nidaa Party have revealed a huge difference in points of view towards the ministerial amendment that was announced by Prime Minister of Tunisia Yousef El-Shahed, before he delayed its implementation later on.

The ministerial amendment has been proposed since April when Shahed dismissed ministers of education, finance and investment. Reliable sources stated that Shahed hasn’t yet finalized the ideal figures to replace the three sacked ministers because of the considerable number of candidacies and pressure from opposition parties.

Points of views regarding the ministerial amendment varied between the two parties. Ennahdha executive office insisted that any vast change in the government formation should be postponed until local elections are completed.

But the executive office also urged filling the partial void in certain ministries until a new political map is formed after Dec. 17 – date of municipal elections. As for the candidates, Ennahda spokesman Imad al-Khamiri said that the party has suggested to the prime minister
known for their qualification.

Khamiri highlighted that ministers should have the needed qualifications, integrity and transparency.

Several political sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that standing in the way of implementing the ministerial amendment and filling the void in the government attributes to Shahed pursuit to assign an expert in economy in the ministry of finance in order to be a strong negotiator with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Same sources added that Shahed is seeking thorough information from the ministries of interior and justice on candidates to avoid facing challenges similar to that of the Minister of Investment Mohammed Fadel Abdel Kafi who appeared to be facing a lawsuit filed by the Ministry of Finance.