The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) voted, Wednesday, confidence in the new government led by Mr. Ali Larayedh, with a majority of 139 voices, 45 oppositions and 13 abstentions.
Before the confidence vote, the NCA members carried on discussion of the government's programme. "Larayedh's government is an extention of the former government," Mr. Fadhel Moussa (Democratic Caucus) pointed out, adding that "the new government's programme requires several years to be implemented and not months."
This position was supported by Mr. Mohamed Brahmi (Echaab Movement) who estimated that "the programme of Mr. Larayedh's government predicts its failure."
Mrs. Samia Abbou (Congress for the Republic) expressed astonishment that the ministers of the former cabinet hold ministerial portfolios in the new government, inspite of their failure in their functions.
In this regard, she proposed to vote confidence in the new government minister by minister, before its adoption.
Mr. Chokri Yaiche (Democratic Caucus) and Mr. Mouldi Zidi (Independent) expressed reservations on certain ministers who had failed in Mr. Jebali's government.
For his part, Mr. Romdhane Doghmani said that "the new government's ministers represent a danger for democracy."
Mrs. Souad Aberrahim and Fattoum Lassouad (Ennahdha Caucus) regretted the lack of women representativeness within the new government which, according to them, "should break up with the empty slogans and deceptive promises."
For Messrs. Ahmed Khaskhoussi, Sahbi Atig (Ennahdha) and Brahim Kassas "the success of Mr. Larayedh's government constitutes in a number of ways a success for Tunisia."
"The former government did not fail and I acknowledge its efforts and the previous governments'," Mr. Ali Larayedh said.
"It is our duty to protect all the achievements accomplished and make up for past mistakes," he pointed out.
Besides, he acknowledged the low representation of women within the new governmental composition, justifying this by the lack of time and particularity of the stage.
"The independence of the national decision could not be a bidding contest. The new government will preserve the country's sovereignty and will not be subjected to any diktat," he concluded.
The new government members will be sworn in, Wednesday afternoon, before President Moncef Marzouki
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