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