Tunisia’s Ennahda-led government failed to agree with the opposition on how to end the weeks-long political deadlock.
The General Labour Union (UGTT), which has been playing the role of mediator, announced that no agreement has been reached yet to end the political stalemate.
The ruling coalition on Sunday (September 1st) rejected proposals from the opposition, but announced that the door was still open for a dialogue.
“The suggestions made by representatives of opposition parties to exit the political crisis in Tunisia were not received in a satisfactory way by the ruling coalition, including Ennahda and the Congress for the Republic (CPR),” said Mouldi Riahi of ruling coalition member party Ettakatol.
“The need for all political parties to meet around one table is paramount, and the role of organisations sponsoring the dialogue must be transformed to one that guarantees consensus and compromise reached by both sides,” Riahi stressed.
The ruling coalition approved in principle the dissolution of the government, but only after the draft constitution is ratified, the Independent High Authority for the elections is formed, and the electoral law put in place by October 23rd.
Due to the failure to reach a consensus over whether the government will stay or go, Tunisians say more concessions should be made for the people’s sake.
Mohamed Ajroudi, a professor at the University of Tunis, stressed that the economic and security situation in the country can no longer permit more wasted time by the country’s political actors.
“Everyone must be aware of the importance of the stage that we are going through and offer more concessions to reach a solution in order to get us out of this ordeal,” Ajroudi said.
“We don’t want more troubles for our country. They all must get back to their positions as soon as possible and resume their duties,” he added.
Samira Rabaoui, a Ben Arous housewife, expressed fears that the continuing crisis will lead the country to an unknown path full of dangers: “We fear that the country due to the intransigence of the political parties will become a space of conflict for positions. The situation is worsening by the day and I expect a social explosion soon.”
“It is necessary that parties in the conflict make concessions, agree on one position, and find solutions as soon as possible,’ said Moetaz Ben Romdhane, an economics student from the province of Nabeul.