"Any cabinet reshuffle must be made on basis of roadmap," say Carthage Document signatories | Tunisia News Gazette

“Any cabinet reshuffle must be made on basis of roadmap,” say Carthage Document signatories

At their meeting, Tuesday at Carthage Palace under the chairmanship of President Beji CaA�d Essebsi, the signatories of the Carthage Document have decided to create a Committee tasked with defining the priorities of the national economy and proposing relevant reforms.

The committee will be composed of two representatives from each party and from each signatory organisation of the Carthage Document.

According to concurring statements by participants at the meeting, the Committee will study the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle based on an assessment of the government’s performance.

“Any cabinet reshuffle must be made on the basis of a clear roadmap,” said the signatories of the Carthage Document, adding that the change of the government team is still possible in the light of a coherent reform programme.

In this context, President of the Ennahdha movement Rached Ghannouchi dismissed any power crisis in the country, saying t the dispute today is about reforms of the economy and legislation.

Ghannouchi added that the signatories of the Carthage Document have agreed on the creation of a think tank to provide solutions to the economic crisis that is shaking the country.

“The proposals of that committee will be presented to the signatories of the Carthage document for adoption or modification,” he noted.

Ghannouchi stressed that the issue of cabinet shuffle was not discussed during the meeting, adding that any change in this direction must depend on a clear programme of economic and social reform.

For his part, Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Noureddine Taboubi said the union was the first to advocate for a cabinet reshuffle.

“Any reshuffle made must respond to the priorities of the stage,” he said.

Taboubi pointed out that participants in the meeting were unanimous in pointing out the deterioration of the economic and social situation in the country.

“The signatories of the Carthage Document are expected to meet again next week to discuss the reform agenda,” he said.

Commenting on calls for postponement of the cabinet reshuffle after the municipal elections, Taboubi said the current situation marked by high tension requires giving priority to urgent needs.

“We are committed to the municipal date, but there are priorities,” he pointed out.

The secretary-general of the UGTT called for adequate responses to the problems of unemployment, the collapse of purchasing power, rising inflation and the depreciation of the dinar.

Executive Director of the Nidaa Tounes movement Hafedh Caid Essebsi said the meeting focused on the economic situation deemed “critical” in the country as well as on the electoral process.

Hafedh Caid Essebsi added that it has been agreed to create a committee whose mission will be to define the priorities of the national economy and propose appropriate reforms.

For him, any cabinet reshuffle is dependent on a clear roadmap.

Al-Moubadara party president Kamel Morjane said t the meeting resulted in a review of the Carthage document, saying that two representatives of each party and signatory organisation of the document will be mobilised to make the necessary amendments to the Document.

President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), Samir Jalloul indicated that the cabinet reshuffle was not on the agenda of the meeting of the signatories of the Carthage Document, adding that the employers’ organisation favours skilled persons in the management of the country’s current affairs.

“Any job requires skills,” he stressed.

He said the country needs a climate conducive to investment today and an encouraging political system.

Source: TAP News Agency

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