Tunisia president announces end of unity with Ennhadha

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Tunisian President Beji Caid Esseb

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has announced the end of relations with Islamic party Ennhadha, a member of the national unity government coalition.

”There will be no more consensus between Caid Essebsi and Ennahdha”, said the head of State during an interview to private channel El Hiwar Ettounsi. He added that the decision came from Ennhadha. ”After five years of unity since the meeting in Paris, Ennahdha last week decided to end the collaboration, at it’s initiative”, said Rached Ghannouchi. ”We don’t agree anymore”, added the president.

Essebsi spoke about Tunisia’s main political issues, starting with elections scheduled in 2019, which he said must take place, and the crisis of the party which he co-founded, Nidaa Tounes, shaken by an internal rift for more than a year. A congress, according to Essebsi, will decide its future.

Speaking about Premier Chahed, the president clearly said that he advised him to seek a new vote of confidence in Parliament, although it was only advice, he said, and that he hopes he will succeed in ending the legislature, given he was the one to propose him as prime minister.

The president however said that he believes the national unity government is finished and that the Constitution needs to be reformed along with the electoral law. ”But it will not be up to me to do this”, said the president, who did not clarify whether he will be running in the 2019 election or not.