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Tunisian PM Fakhfakh submits resignation

Tunisian PM Fakhfakh submits resignation

Tunisian premier minister submitted his resignation on Wednesday following the unprecedented MPs move. PM Elyes Fakhfakh faced a no-confidence vote from over 100 lawmakers, TAP reported.

Tunisian President Kais Saied received at the Carthage Palace Rashid al-Gannushi, head of the Assembly and leader of the Ennahda Movement, and Noureddine Taboubi, secretary-general of the Confederation of the Tunisian General Labour Union.

The top officials have discussed the political crisis in the country after the National Anti-Corruption Authority, an independent constitutional body, referred documents on PM’s revenues to the judiciary and the parliament speaker.

On Wednesday, PM Fakhfakh submitted his resignation while Tunisia’s presidency has yet to make an official statement on the matter.

A group of 105 Tunisian lawmakers earlier Wednesday submitted a petition to parliament demanding a no-confidence vote for Fakhfakh’s government.

Since February, the first minister has chaired a coalition government that includes Ennahda, the Democratic Movement, People’s Movement, Hayat Tunis Movement, and National Reform Bloc.

Under Tunisia’s Constitution, Ennahda movement needed 109 votes to declare no confidence in the government.

“The ministers dismissed from the government all belong to the Ennahdha movement, a component of the ruling coalition that backed Elyes Fakhfakh. The latter, in turn, submitted his resignation to the Head of State,” TAP reported.

Meantime, Habib Kchaou was appointed acting Minister of Health, Fadhel Kraiem acting Minister of Transport, Ghazi Chaouachi acting Minister of Public Works and Asma Shiri acting Minister of Youth and Sports.