Tunisia’s Ruling Islamists Agree to Fresh Elections
The Islamist party which leads the government of Tunisia has agreed in principle to a plan for new elections, which could bring an end to the political crisis which has gripped the country for a month.
The moderate Islamist Ennahda party which leads the government of Tunisia has come under mountain criticism for trying to impose an Islamist agenda, for failing to tackle Islamist terrorist who have carried out several high profile political assassinations as well as other attacks, and for mismanaging the economy. Thousands have taken to the streets to call for the government to step down, and the fall of the Islamist government of Egypt - which had faced similar criticism – only served to increase the pressure on Ennahda.
The UGTT trade union federation, which has been serving as a mediator between Ennahda and the secular opposition, has put forward a plan which would see the government step down in favour of a technocratic interim cabinet which would lead the country into fresh elections. Ennahda has rejected this plan in the past, but has now accepted in principle and will enter negotiations this week.
“We accept the UGTT initiative in principle to begin the dialogue (with the opposition),” Rached Ghannouchi, the chairman of the Ennahda party, told journalists following a meeting with UGTT Secretary General Hussein Abassi.