Tunisian Prime Minister Hicham El Mechichi said that the ministers who won the confidence of Parliament in the recent government reshuffle cannot remain without assuming their duties in light of the difficult economic and health conditions the country is going through.
During a visit to the headquarters of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, Al-Mushashi added that the necessary measures will be taken, according to the constitutional path for the new ministers to carry out their duties.
This step comes in light of ambiguity about the date of the new ministers taking the constitutional oath before Tunisian President Qais Said, who earlier expressed his rejection of the recent government amendment and his refusal to receive new ministers, under the pretext of the presence of ministers facing suspicions of corruption, but the prime minister chose to pass strongly to Parliament to obtain Confidence in a comfortable majority.
And the statements of the Speaker of Parliament, Rashid Ghannouchi, about the president’s rejection of the ministerial reshuffle, sparked widespread debate in the country, and – according to observers – opened a new chapter in the conflict.
In his statements, Ghannouchi said that the role of the head of state in the parliamentary system that governs the country is supposed to be “symbolic and not constructive,” adding that “the issue of governance and the issue of the cabinet belong to the prime minister and the ruling party.”
The Speaker of Parliament concluded that Tunisia is experiencing difficulties in mixing the presidential and parliamentary systems, and that the result is the establishment of a complete parliamentary system in which there is a real separation of powers, and in which the executive power is in the hands of the party that wins the elections.
The Tunisian prime minister said – in his first meeting with ministers last week – that the government is not concerned with any dispute with any party, and that its main goal is the economic, social and health situation, not to score political points.
And last Tuesday, the Tunisian parliament approved, by an absolute majority, the cabinet reshuffle in the Mecheid government, which included the ministries of interior, justice and health.