TUNIS: Tunisia’s ruling Islamists yesterday detailed proposals to end weeks of political crisis, saying they would accept a technocrat government once consensus on the constitution and an election timetable are agreed.
The ruling Islamist party Ennahda has been negotiating with opposition parties on finding a way out of the crisis triggered by a political assassination last month, with the opposition insisting on a new government.
But the negotiations have made little progress, with both sides reluctant to compromise on key issues.
“When agreement has been reached on the constitution, the electoral law, the body charged with overseeing elections and the three dates of the presidential ... and legislative elections, then a government of independents could be formed,” senior Ennahda official Ameur Larayedh told Tunisian radio station Mosaique FM.
Umbrella opposition group the National Salvation Front wants the resignation of the government and the formation of a non-partisan administration before negotiating on the constitution and timing of fresh elections.