The positions of Rached Ghannouchi, the head of the Tunisian Parliament, once again arouse anger in the country.
The congratulations of Rached Ghannouchi addressed last Tuesday to Fayez al Sarraj, the Prime Minister of Libya, are disturbing. It was during a phone call following the resumption of the strategic base of al-Witya, in the west of Libya, until then in the hands of the forces of Khalifa Haftar. Several political parties in the Parliament consider these statements to be in contradiction with the official Tunisian position, which imposes neutrality vis-à-vis Libya.
Pressure on Rached Ghannouchi is growing, not just from Parliament
This Thursday, at the Assembly of People’s Representatives (ARP), seven political parties in Tunis, including the Workers Party and the Socialist Party, find the attitude of the President of Ennahdha inadequate with his office at the head of Parliament. They denounce ” a way to bypass state institutions, to involve them in the Libyan conflict alongside the Muslim Brotherhood “And accuse Rached Ghannouchi of privileging” the interest of the Muslim Brotherhood over that of Tunisia “.
Four other parties, including two participating in the government coalition, Qalb Tounes and Tahya Tounes, are calling for a dialogue session on parliamentary diplomacy. ” The problem is to involve the Parliament in political positions, some of which would not agree with Tunisian diplomacy “Said Mostapha ben Ahmed, leader of the parliamentarians of the Tahya Tounes party.
As for Abir Moussi, who chairs the parliamentarians of the Dostorian party, she accuses President Rached Ghannouchi ” to maintain unofficial relations with foreign parties and to have a secret agenda ” Actions ” obscure ”, According to her, which push her to ask for the dismissal of the president. She was joined by two other parties of the Tunisian left, the Democratic Movement and the People’s Movement.
Rached Ghannouchi accused of endangering national security
Earlier this year, calls for withdrawing confidence from Rached Ghannouchi increased after his visit to Turkey in January, and his meeting behind closed doors with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. His participation last March in an international conference organized by Qatar with the Muslim Brotherhood has increased the pressure, and he is now accused of endangering Tunisian national security by taking up positions.
Rached Ghannouchi is also facing a popular campaign calling for his hearing on the origin of an alleged fortune. The petition that has been circulating for a week has collected thousands of signatures.
The sling is also in the Ennahdha party, where calls for resignation are heard. Several senior officials have resigned in recent months, denouncing his way of handling the movement.
Faced with these pressures, Ghannouchi’s relatives denounce a campaign orchestrated and funded by foreigners.