Tu­nisia’s rul­ing party de­mands new PM to speed up re­forms

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

TUNIS—Tu­nisia’s rul­ing party Ni­daa Tounes said on Tues­day the prime min­is­ter should be re­placed in a new unity govern­ment pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Beji Caid Essebsi as a way to over­come po­lit­i­cal in­er­tia and speed up eco­nomic re­forms.

Essebsi, who was one of the founders of Ni­daa Tounes, called last week for ne­go­ti­a­tions among po­lit­i­cal par­ties, unions and in­de­pen­dents to form a new govern­ment to help ad­vance eco­nomic re­struc­tur­ing that has lagged be­hind po­lit­i­cal lib­er­al­iza­tion.

Tu­nisia’s pol­i­tics are of­ten dom­i­nated by back-and­forth con­sen­sus-build­ing among its par­ties since the 2011 up­ris­ing that ousted au­to­crat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

This has im­proved sta­bil­ity, but also im­peded a process of eco­nomic over­haul de­mand­ing by in­ter­na­tional sup­port­ers like the IMF.—Agen­cies

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