Tunis – Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said that the Prime Minister Habib Essid chose to face the parliament to decide whether he’ll remain a prime minister or not.
Essebsi said he has the utmost respect for Essid indicating there is no problem between both presidencies. He added that public interest requires that everyone should commit to the unity government road map and “Carthage Agreement.”
Tunisian government signed the agreement between all major players in the country, a move targeted at charting a new course for Tunisia.
The new roadmap to form the unity government was signed in the presidential palace in Carthage in the presence of President Beji Caid Essebsi, Prime Minister Habib Essid and Rached Ghannouchi, head of the Ennahda party.
Carthage agreement was designed by a group of experts and presidential advisors with the participation of a number of parties and organizations.
Essid admitted that the initiative of a unity government is based on a meticulous diagnosis of the situation and comes from the will to unite all parties. Yet it comes at a very delicate political circumstance.
Essid said during a press conference that the current situation in Tunisia can’t take anymore extensions in forming a unity government. He stressed that the prime minister should have a large representation to ensure its success.
Head of the Ennahda party Rached Ghannouchi stressed on the importance of the agreement and everyone’s positive reaction to it.
Ghannouchi stated that “while consultations are open to all scenarios, Ennahda movement pledges to accept the results” and work towards establishing a new national consensus together with a social contract between politicians and national organizations.
Former Tunisian President, Moncef Marzouki called President Beji Caid Essebsi to resign so that the country can prepare for a new future away from the phony national unity.